Miraculously, “Jersey Shore” Isn’t Hurting New Jersey’s Image

Relax, New Jersey-ites. Though they’ve tried their damnedest, the cast of “Jersey Shore” has not succeeded in making the Garden State look bad. When it comes to their opinions of NJ, a Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind poll of 711 adults released today could not find a statistical difference between people who watch “Jersey Shore” and people who don’t: 43 percent who’ve seen the show think NJ is great, while 41 who haven’t seen the show are also fans. See, the American public is not stupid. They know there is more to NJ than just Snooki and The Situation — like Princeton University, Bruce Springsteen, and, um, “The Sopranos.”

Last week I made a joke in the comments section on the post “22 Things We Never Thought We’d Do For A Man, Until We Did” and said I moved to NJ for a dude. That seems to have ruffled some Jersey feathers. I was just kidding. Even though I eventually moved, I am still a big Jersey fan. After the jump, five nice things I have to say about the state of New Jersey:

  1. The Shops At Short Hills, in Short Hills. They say Disney World is “the happiest place on Earth.” Nope, it’s the Short Hills mall. Short Hills is a fancy-schmancy town and this is a fancy-schmancy mall. Think: Neiman Marcus, William-Sonoma, Madewell, J.Crew, Reiss, Space NK, Tiffany’s. This place was terrible for my bank account, but it’s also the cleanest mall I’ve ever seen in my life. Also, they have valet parking. Yes, it’s that fancy.
  2. Torrico’s Homemade Ice Cream Parlor in Jersey City. Best. Ice cream. Ever. It’s all homemade and they offer more flavors than should be legally allowed. I recommend the peanut butter chocolate.
  3. Charritos in Weehawken and Hoboken. Some of the best Mexican food I’ve ever had: everything is fresh and tasty. The city of Weehawken is across the Hudson River from NYC and Charrito’s is on top of a hill overlooking the city. I have many a fond memory of downing mojitos and eating taquitos while gazing out at the gorgeous New York City skyline.
  4. Pizza Guardiola and Cafe Bello in Bayonne. Let New Yorkers pay $30 for fancy pies by celebrity chefs: you have not really had a pizza before until you’ve been to one of the pizza places in Bayonne. It’s a working-class city filled with a lot of Italian immigrants and I always got the sense these pizza recipes were passed down from somebody’s grandma. I used to get the “quattro stagione” at Pizza Guardiola and the “quattro formaggi” at Cafe Bello. Totally worth the trip for foodies.
  5. The W Hotel in Hoboken. There are lots of things to love about the W Hotel in Hoboken. The Bliss Spa is the perfect place for a pedicure or to pick up some new Soapy Sap. But there’s also a kickass W Hotel Store in this particular hotel where I furnished, like, half my closet. After a day of spa-ing and shopping, you can unwind with drinks at one of the hotel’s bars.

And I can assure you I never ran into the cast of “Jersey Shore” at any of these places. Or “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” “Jersey Couture,” or “Jerseylicious,” for that matter.


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