Lately, it seems the only things to come out of New Jersey are fist pumps and cat fights (who knew housewives could be so hostile?). So, with Bobbi as our resident midwest gal-turned-New Jerseyan—she was featured in the book, Jersey Girls: The Fierce and the Fabulous, after all—we felt it high time to set the record straight: There’s more to the Garden State than reality TV!
Small in square-miles (N.J. ranks 47th in the US in size), this little state boasts a ton of fun from seven wine trails—and over 50 vineyards— to the candy-colored Victorian homes along Cape May. In fact, just across the George Washington Bridge from Manhattan is one of the Big Apple’s best-kept hiking secrets: New Jersey’s Palisades Park, a little slice of nature just a bike ride away. Also, did you know Atlantic City was the birthplace of the Miss America pageant back in 1921? Plus, with one Ivy League university and three Ikeas, we like to think Jersey has beauty, brains and great DIY bookshelves. What’s not to love?
And while you may be familiar with New Jersey’s most-talked-about natives like Jon Bon Jovi and Asbury Park poster-boy, Bruce Springsteen, how about some of the lesser-known Jersey boys and girls, like Jack Nicholson, Judy Blume and James Gandolfini (ok, the last one kinda makes sense). Even Academy Award-winning Meryl Streep, the epitome of smart style and a total class act, was born right in Summit, NJ.
Also, weird fun fact: New Jersey is one of only two states where you can’t pump your own gas (hence, Bobbi’s hot pink tee below). How about that.
Ok, ok, we’ll admit: we’re equally obsessed (or repulsed) by the NJ-based reality shows as the rest of the world, but let it be known that the real Jersey shore has some of the most beautiful coastline in all the land—a few friends in our office even say it’s better than the Bahamas. For Bobbi, her go-to sandy spot is Bay Head. Its sugar-white shores and crystalline waves are why she loves the beach so much—and was inspired to create her collection of beach fragrance products… for those days when she can’t make it to the sand and surf.
But when she does finally get to Bay Head, you can be sure Bobbi’s all about rest and relaxation.
So, we put the question to you, our readers: what’s your favorite thing about New Joisey?