No one ever seems to like where they live.
Is the grass greener? Would I be happy to live elsewhere?
Do states other than New Jersey have to pay that much in taxes?
Well sorry, the tax thing is New Jersey. No way around that …
Let’s focus, however, on some BIG things that really make up the place we live in, well, impressive!
1. The beaches, the boardwalks, the ocean.
OK, really three things, but they’re all good. Do you know how lucky we are to have this? Even if you’re not swimming in the ocean, just being able to get close to it, smell it, watch it is a treat. Go anywhere in the interior part of this country and you just don’t have it. A few lakes or streams maybe, but no OCEAN!
When I am near the ocean, I feel at home.
2. The Restaurants.
I am not going to say that the Atlantic City casinos are part of the incredible. Even though they are unique, some people love them and others hate them. The restaurants, however, bring great food and unique experiences to South Jersey.
I’m talking about casino restaurants, many of which are run by world-famous chefs and / or culinary celebrities on TV. I’m telling you, no other city of 40,000 has the food choices that casinos offer.
It’s really beyond that, however. There are excellent restaurants unrelated to the casinos of Atlantic City – but also along the south Jersey coast and inland. I don’t know the numbers, but the number of our large restaurants per capita must be astronomical.
It’s not just the expensive one either. The mom and pop restaurants in South Jersey are phenomenal.
Count me as one of those locals who want a Panera bread or a cheesecake factory, but in the end, I love the choices we have! (By the way, be sure to thank the local restaurateurs for holding on for the past few years, and don’t forget to tip your servers.)
3. Nice people!
There are some nice and nice people who live in South Jersey! The villains ? They must be from North Jersey of Philly …. (It’s a joke folks!)
4. There isn’t a lot of traffic.
Yes, I know summer weekends on the Parkway and Expressway and a few other roads. That’s about it, right? Sure, every now and then there are other traffic jams here and there, but most of the time we don’t sit in traffic and watch the world go by.
5. No sales tax on clothing.
Sometimes it’s the little things that make life sweeter. The price of this sweater? That’s what you see, no tax. (well not yet anyway …)
6. We have a great free zoo!
The Cape May Zoo always ends up near the top when someone ranks the zoos in this country. What a fun and relaxing place to take the kids or grandchildren – or just take a stroll on a lovely fall weekend.
7. We get the four seasons.
Yes sir! Fortunately, at least for me, it’s not a big heavy winter slice. Good snow is usually sufficient.
There you have it, 7 great things that make South Jersey a great place to live. Be grateful!
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