And not for any petty or trivial reason either. I truely hate New Jersey.
I appologize to anyone who might be saying "Hey, wait a minute. Give us a chance!"
I will admit, contrary to popular belief, NJ has some nice areas. Farmland, woodland and such. But that barely makes up for the reasons I have for hating NJ.
For the record, any state whose idea is to have all left hand turns made by jug handles (that's where you make a right in order to make a left) should be, in my humble opinion, rebuilt from the ground up. Granted, I'm spoilt. I come from Texas. We have more than enough room for everything, without crowding anyone else. You won't find many truely tall buildings in Texas because we have the room to build lots of small ones. Nothing compares to room.
Next on my list of complaints is road signs. There are so few road signs pointing you to the major landmarks,to include Interstate Highways, no I mean especially Interstate Highways. Too many times I've driven past the ramp to a highway, turned around and come across the only sign for the highway in blocks. On top of that, the sign is usually a tiny circle with writing you can only read from five feet away. Is NJ trying to hide something (like all of the exits from their state)? If your state is so wonderful, why keep people from leaving? Why not instead make it so they want to come back. I've lost count of the number of times one small wrong turn has become an hour of searching for the highway because there are few if any signs to direct you. Any state that is designed solely for residents shouldn't be surprised when tourists don't like it there.
Thirdly, let's face it. All of the steriotypes are pretty much true. All along the highway and seacoast, NJ is the trash capital of the world. Chemical plants are everywhere (and that's saying something for a state that is a sliver of land along the sea). And any state where you can tell the story "No matter how beautiful the waves are, if there is a chemical spill alert, don't go surfing" is somewhere to be avoided (of course the guy who told that story was pretty much to be avoided as well).
My problem is I have to drive through that wretched state in order to get to Maryland. And as my company is in MD and on a restricted budget lately, I've been driving through NJ alot.
For those of you who feel I'm being unfair, just be thankful I waited a week to write this. It could have been filled with nothing but I HATE NJ written 1000 times!