Welcome to the Armpit of America, a blog about New Jersey, the state we love to hate!
Why Armpit of America?
New Jersey can be considered the Armpit of America for several reasons. Obviously, the state is famous the horrible odors that emanate from within its borders. All the factories, oil refineries, skunks, and skanks combine to make a unique brand of BO. Also, New Jersey generally has a bad reputation for its pollution, corrupt politicians, mobsters, and, again, the skanks. For these reasons, just as the armpit is one of the least desirable parts of the body, New Jersey is one of the least desirable states. Want even more proof of New Jersey’s status as the Armpit of America? Just look at a map of the United States and you’ll see how New Jersey is geographically the armpit of the nation.
Despite all the bad things, at least people know about New Jersey. Whether good or bad, everyone seems to have an opinion about it. Other states, not so much. I personally don’t know anything about Indiana or Nebraska, other than that they have a lot of farms. Everyone in the country has heard about the horrendous traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike. But, does anyone know about traffic patterns in Arizona or Vermont? I’m not sure if they even have cars in Montana. Again, no matter what people think about New Jersey, at least they have an opinion. Thus, New Jersey is a state that matters, unlike such places as Oregon, Alabama, or Wisconsin.
So what do I want to do with this blog?
I just want to talk about aspects of life in New Jersey – the good, the bad, and the worst. I will refute some stereotypes, such as the idea that we pronounce Jersey like Joisy. (Only people from New York say it like that.) I will also verify some other stereotypes – the Turnpike really is as shitty as people think. Another goal is to explore the way New Jersey is represented in the media, through music, movies, books, etc. Finally, I plan to use this blog as a travelogue, posting pictures and stories of various locations and events throughout New Jersey. While I probably won’t change anyone’s opinion of the state, I hope to at least prove that New Jersey is better than Delaware, a truly horrible place.