Introducing New Jersey

There are McMansions, à la the Real Housewives of New Jersey (NJ), guys who speak with thick Jersey accents like characters from a TV crime drama, and guidos and guidettes who spend their days GTL'ing (gym, tan and laundry) on the Shore. However, the state is at least as well defined by high-tech and banking headquarters and sophisticated, progressive people living in charming towns. Get off the exits, flee the malls and you are privy to a beautiful side of the state: a quarter is farmland and it has 127 miles of beautiful beaches and charming and fun beachside towns, as well, of course, as two of New York City's greatest icons: the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

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