Best Quotes about New Jersey

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We owe every student in every neighborhood in New Jersey an equal opportunity to succeed. We know that more money, alone, is not the answer. We need to redefine success, and how we pursue that success, by the outcomes obtained by students.–Thomas Kean, Jr.

The great thing about New Jersey is that it’s close to New York.–Fran Lebowitz

New Jersey boasts the highest percentage of passport holders (68%); Delaware (67%), Alaska (65%), Massachusetts (63%), New York (62%), and California (60%) are close behind. At the opposite end of the spectrum, less than one in five residents of Mississippi are passport holders, and just one in four residents of West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, and Arkansas.–Richard Florida

No, I live in New Jersey because I like living in New Jersey.–Jon Stewart

One thing he misses about New Jersey: One thing they don’t have out here in California is Rita’s Italian Ices. We used to have one right next to our house and it was so good!–Joe Jonas

Whenever I stumble over my own feet, or blurt out a thought that makes no sense at all, or leave the house wearing one pattern too many, I always think, ‘It’s okay, I’m from New Jersey.’ I love New Jersey, because it’s not just an all-purpose punch line, but probably a handy legal defense, as in ‘Yes, I shot my wife because I thought she was Bigfoot, but I’m from New Jersey.’–Paul Rudnick

And then we moved to New Jersey and I went to the Art Students League.–Donald Judd

All music is based on country music. And that’s why so many different kinds of people relate to it. There are more country music fans in New Jersey than there are down South.–Loretta Lynn

I loved New Jersey. I thought it was the greatest place in the world because on Halloween kids could start trick or treating right after school. Isn’t that great?–Joel McHale

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Artificial Intelligence leaves no doubt that it wants its audiences to enter a realm of pure fantasy when it identifies one of the last remaining islands of civilization as New Jersey.–Godfried Danneels

Gov. Christie says ‘New Jersey First.’ State-based Isolationism!–Jonah

My early childhood was spent in Newark, New Jersey, but my family moved to Denver when I was 12.–Anita Diament

I’m from the dirty depths of New Jersey.–Ezra Miller

The mosquito is the state bird of New Jersey.–Andy Warhol

People cited violation of the First Amendment when a New Jersey schoolteacher asserted that evolution and the Big Bang are not scientific and that Noah’s ark carried dinosaurs. This case is not about the need to separate church and state; it’s about the need to separate ignorant, scientifically illiterate people from the ranks of teachers.–Neil deGrasse Tyson

I went to my last three years of high school in New Jersey. I just wanted to act, you know?–Stacey Dash

Madonna is my role model shes such a powerful woman. I love Gwenyth Paltrow, shes an actress I aspire to be like. And, of course, my mom. She drove me from New Jersey to New York every day for commercials so I could get where I am today.–Kirsten Dunst

I’ve never been one for sitting on beaches. Let me tell you who I am: I’m a girl from New Jersey who moved to New York and worked in a bar while trying to make a living at what I really wanted to do, which was act.–Piper Perabo

Over 6 million people were evacuated from New Jersey ahead of the hurricane. And now, three of them have gone back.–Jay Leno

Then I was working in a store in Newark, New Jersey, and I saw an actor in person, and I got so excited. My whole day changed. That’s when I decided to challenge myself to make my dreams become a reality.–Derek Luke

New Jersey Mayor Corey Booker last night personally rescued a woman from a burning building. Or as Fox News reported it, ‘black man loots house, steals white woman.’–Bill Maher

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Global warming has melted the polar ice caps, raised the levels of the oceans and flooded the earth’s great cities. Despite its evident prosperity, New Jersey is scarcely Utopia.–Godfried Danneels

St. Patrick’s Day is a holy day for Roman Catholics in Ireland to pray and a day for drunk people to vomit with their pants down in New Jersey.–Margot Leitman

Michael Sanchez and I grew up in New Jersey, not far from here, playing soccer together. When I was in high school, I worked to start an organization to help senior citizens, which I learned a great deal from.–Andrew Shue

I live in New Jersey now, which always gets a bad rap here and there, but I must say, I enjoy living here too.–Paul Muldoon

And I think what people in New Jersey have gotten to know about me over the last decade that I’ve been in public life is what you see is what you get. And I’m no different when I’m sitting with you than I am when I’m at home or anyplace else.–Chris Christie

By failing to keep their end of the bargain, the Bush administration would allow New Jersey projects to deteriorate and make New Jersey highways and bridges less safe.–Bob Menendez

Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey.–Jon Bon Jovi

Although the governor strongly disagrees with the court substituting its judgment for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people, the court has now spoken clearly as to their view of the New Jersey Constitution, and, therefore, same-sex marriage is the law.–Chris Christie

Whenever spring comes to New York I can’t stand the suggestion of the land that come blowing over the river from New Jersey and I’ve got to go. So I went.–Jack Kerouac

Brooklyn Heights itself is a window on the port. Here, where the perspective is fixed by the towers of Manhattan and the hills of New Jersey and Staten Island, the channels running between seem fingers of the world ocean. Here one can easily embrace the suggestion, which Whitman felt so easily, that the whole American world opens out from here, north and west.–Alfred Kazin

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If some unemployed punk in New Jersey, can get a cassette to make love to Elle McPherson for $19.95, this virtual reality stuff is going to make crack look like Sanka.–Dennis Miller

You want to be the first to do something. You want to create something. You want to innovate something…I often think of Edison inventing the light bulb. That’s what I want to do. I want to drive over the bridge coming out of New York there and look down on that sea of lights that is New Jersey and say, `Hey, I did that!’–David Keirsey

I’m a partner in a company called Helicopter Services and Instruction out of New Jersey.–Treat Williams

Otherwise, I spend a lot of time at my boyfriend’s home in the country, in New Jersey.–Eva Herzigova

Our conversation with the supermarket manager had been about as helpful as a New Jersey road sign, and if you’ve ever been there, you know the signs don’t tell you the exit you’re coming up to, they only point out the exits you’ve just missed.–Neal Shusterman

If you’re Chris Christie, who is governor of New Jersey, a state that obviously was impacted by 9/11, this gives you an opportunity to talk about how, as governor, you had to deal with terrorism and security issues.–Amy Walter

I love music. I’ve just been putting studios together, here and at my house in New Jersey and so I can always make music and express my ideas and work with people to fine tune them to where they need to be.–Queen Latifah

Block Watch, Crime Watch, we have hundreds of thousands of Americans, every day and night, risking their lives, going out for no pay as volunteers, protecting Americans like all of you and not asking anything in return. And the other day I’m speaking in a high school in New Jersey and the youngsters go, oh, you’re just like Zimmerman.–Curtis Sliwa

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I was the chief sponsor of the Business Employment Incentive Program bill, which resulted in hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect jobs here in New Jersey.–Joe Kyrillos

New York and New Jersey are probably two of my favorite places to get really good surf in the summertime.–Brandon Cruz

I was all-state in four sports in New Jersey, but sometimes I couldn’t get served at a restaurant two blocks from my high school. There were no job opportunities then… the only thing a black youth could aspire to be was a bellboy or a pullman or an elevator operator, or, maybe, a teacher. There was a time when all we had was black baseball.–Monte Irvin

I’m Palestinian, I’m disabled, I’m female and I live in New Jersey.–Maysoon Zayid

If you look at suburban education in New Jersey and New York, it’s pretty strong, intact, doing a pretty good job. You cap taxes for those communities, can we reasonably predict it’s going to be as strong 20 years from now?–Dannel Malloy

I was born on May 17, 1979, in Newark, New Jersey.–Joe Tex

I knew from a young age that I wanted to perform. I went to an arts camp called Brookdale Arts Camp, in New Jersey, from the time I was 6, and then I was a counselor there through high school.–Melissa Rauch

My first waitress job was at Johnny Rockets in New Jersey, and then I waited tables at a sports bar.–Melissa Rauch

I worked as a teacher in the public school system in New York City for several years, and I was a victim of the layoffs, you know, in the mid-’70s. And then I worked as a sales engineer for a company in New Jersey that was selling industrial filtration equipment.–Feisal Abdul Rauf

There are a great number of people from New Jersey who go on to have pretty successful careers.–Kerry Bishe

New York City is filled with the same kind of people I left New Jersey to get away from.–Fran Lebowitz

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All I’m saying is we got plenty of Texans, and people from Montana, and New Jersey, and Wyoming, or Kansas City. We got plenty of actors. So we don’t need some cat from Cardiff-upon-Rosemary-upon-Thyme, or whatever the hell it is, playing people from Montana. And in the reverse, they got plenty of people from Cardiff-upon-Rosemary-upon-Thyme that they don’t need our asses coming over there trying to do British accents.–Billy Bob Thornton

A New York doctor has finished a five year study on what smells have the biggest effect on New Yorkers. The smell New Yorkers like the most: vanilla. The smell New Yorkers like the least: New Jersey.–Jay Leno

Working on an essay versus a novel is like the difference between seeing to that curtain and seeing to New Jersey.–Sloane Crosley

Not a good night for President Obama. He lost elections in Virginia, New Jersey, and he’s not doing good in Afghanistan either.–Jay Leno

[Ed Grimley] lives in a retirement home in New Jersey. It’s called the Retirement Home in New Jersey for Characters Who Were Interesting in the ’80s for About an Hour. He’s there with the Whiners, Gumby and Jon Lovitz’s ‘That’s the ticket’ guy.–Martin Short

A new report reveals that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spent over $82,000 on food at NFL games. Christie said, ‘Hey, both of those games went into overtime.’–Conan O’Brien

My writing is really intuitive. As a kid, I went to school in New Jersey and hung out in New York, so the way kids used to talk got into our earlier songs.–Donald Fagen

Hillary Clinton’s younger brother Tony is facing criticism for using the Clintons’ political connections to help his career. So on the down side, she has a sketchy brother named Tony. On the up side, she just locked up every vote in New Jersey.–Jimmy Fallon

I still remember the first gig where I got people going, it was Rascals in New Jersey, and the place was packed. I was scared. People were expecting me to be funny. I gotta be honest, every time I walk into a club, it’s that same fear.–Bill Burr

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is going to Israel. He’s going to be pretty disappointed when he finds out the Gaza Strip isn’t a steak.–Jimmy Fallon

A new survey indicates that Obama supporters love iPhones. So if you have an iPhone, chances are you are going to be supporting President Obama. In a related story, if you support Governor Chris Christie from New Jersey, chances are you love IHOP.–David Letterman

We are very excited with the roster of skaters that are coming. It’s the first time New Jersey has been awarded an event of this caliber in the skating world. It’s definitely important to the area because we hear all the time that there are not enough major sporting events in South Jersey. It’s a great opportunity to have such an event.–Susan Ward

You’d think New York people was all wise; but no, they can’t get a chance to learn. Every thing’s too compressed. Even the hayseeds are bailed hayseeds. But what else can you expect from a town that’s shut off from the world by the ocean on one side and New Jersey on the other?–O. Henry

Today New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced that he’s endorsing Mitt Romney for president. It’s good news for Romney. I mean, you always want Chris Christie on your side. Unless you’re in a canoe.–Jimmy Fallon

We’ve gotta dispense with calling guys who are effeminate or who throw like girls “sissies.” You know why? Because that diminishes women, and that can lead to such things as you decking your woman in a hotel elevator in New Jersey with your fist.–Rush Limbaugh

Prince Harry this week toured the Jersey Shore with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. It was the first meeting between the Prince, of the House of Windsor, and the Governor, of the House of Pancake.–Amy Poehler

I think Frankie Valli did everything right. He kept singing. And you also have to remember, he was confined to a certain society, which was this sort of like – the wrong side of the law kind of society of Italian guys from the streets of Belleville, New Jersey. So he found his way.–John Lloyd Young

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A poet is a poet, whether he rides in a Ford or on a donkey; a sage is a sage, whether he plays golf in New Jersey or bathes in the Ganges, or prays in the desert; and a fool is a fool, whether he be a maharaja or a president of a post-war republic.–Ameen Rihani

I don’t have time for lie-on-the-beach vacations. I’m a zoo person. There’s one in New Jersey where animals actually come up to your car. I love the monkeys – I used to give them bubblegum to chew.–Missy Elliot

I’ve been trained in dancing and I used to be quite good, though I am a bit rusty right now. But I could probably brush up in a couple of months. The funny thing is that I actually took classes from Savion Glover, who worked in Happy Feet, when I was a kid. Isn’t that wild? I was part of a selected group that was brought into New York from New Jersey (which is where I’m from) to study, every Saturday: ballet, jazz and tap. It was a musical comedy group.–Brittany Murphy

New Jersey was actually a very cold place. There was such an intense concentration of wealth, and such a low concentration of any actual human happiness. A lot of people seem to be similar to the kid in school, which is doing a lot of things with no direct consequence to their joy, or their lives.–Ezra Miller

I went to a dialect coach and she told me that I had five problems; two were my Israeli accent and three were my New Jersey accent. I don’t even want to know what I sounded like back then!–Odeya Rush

Like, a lot of people I know are wanting to get back to the Earth in some way and not raise their kids in this world of Apps and Internet all the time. I grew up on a river in New Jersey and I was in fantasy land. I could do anything.–Kirsten Dunst

Feasting is also closely related to memory. We eat certain things in a particular way in order to remember who we are. Why else would you eat grits in Madison, New Jersey?–Jeff Smith

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I was born just after the end of World War II, and with my friends in our little suburban backyards in New Jersey, we used to play war a lot. I don’t know if boys still play war, they probably do, but we were thrusting ourselves into recent history and we were always fighting either the Nazis or the Japanese.–Paul Auster

The curtain rises on a vast primitive wasteland, not unlike certain parts of New jersey.–Woody Allen

If you’re from New Jersey, let people make all those bad jokes about our state. Don’t let anyone know how great it is here. It’s the best kept secret.–Jon Bon Jovi

Chris Christie is New Jersey’s concern, not America’s.–Henry Rollins

Christine Todd Whitman had to resign as the head of the EPA. You know, when the governor of New Jersey decides the environment is hopeless, you gotta really think that one through.–Greg Giraldo

If you were back in the Cretaceous Period – the last of the time of the dinosaurs – and you were driving from New York to Philadelphia on the New Jersey Turnpike, you would be driving across water.–Kenneth Lacovara

The way that house music has become so white and so sanitized over the decades and the fact it’s still going on, well I think it’s sad really, but at the time I really loved it. I loved all the black house music that was coming out of Chicago and New Jersey, which I just thought was really soulful.–Paul Weller

Sixty one percent of Donald Trump`s supporters believe that President [Barack] Obama was not born in the United States.They believe Donald Trump`s lie about where President Obama was born, the lie he started telling four years ago and has since replaced with other hate-driven lies like the thousands of Muslims Donald Trump lies about having seen celebrating in New Jersey on 9/11.–Lawrence O’Donnell

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I may look like a nice Jewish girl from New Jersey, but inside I’m a 50-year-old, heavyset black man with a big thumb, like Wes Montgomery.–Emily Remler

Maybe because I’m from New Jersey, I just have this kind of plain language hangup. But I would make very clear – I would not talk to Vladimir Putin. In fact, I would talk to Vladimir Putin a lot. But I’d say to him, “Listen, Mr. President, there’s a no-fly zone in Syria; you fly in, it applies to you.” And yes, we would shoot down the planes of Russian pilots if in fact they were stupid enough to think that this president was the same feckless weakling that the president we have in the Oval Office is right now.–Chris Christie

This is a difference between being a governor and being in a legislature. Because when something doesn’t work in New Jersey, they look at me, say: “Why didn’t it get done? Why didn’t you do it?” You have to be responsible and accountable.–Chris Christie

We prosecuted two of the biggest terrorism cases in the world and stopped Fort Dix from being attacked by six American radicalized Muslims from a Mosque in New Jersey because we worked with the Muslim American community to get intelligence and we used the Patriot Act to get other intelligence to make sure we did those cases. This is the difference between actually been a federal prosecutor, actually doing something, and not just spending your life as one of hundred debating it.–Chris Christie

New Jersey was threatened like no other region in this country and what we did was we took action within the constitution to make sure that law enforcement had all the information they needed.–Chris Christie

It was around that time, early 60s. There were like three kindred spirits in New Jersey. I had two friends who played folk music, old-time music and bluegrass and we started a little band called the Garret Mountain Boys.–David Grisman

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If you’re in the contracting business in this country, you’re suspect. If you’re in the contracting business in New Jersey, you’re indictable. If you’re in the contracting business in New Jersey and are Italian, you’re convicted.–Raymond J. Donovan

Six out of seven times we landed successfully [on the Moon]. I wanted to be a part of that and I was a part of that, so my personal feeling is of great gratefulness for having somehow been in a position to have been given the opportunity to be on that first landing. That’s a marvelous experience for a little kid that grew up in New Jersey. So I’m very thankful, and I asked the whole world to give thanks once we successfully landed.–Buzz Aldrin

I actually like south Florida. I never lived in a more interesting place than this. I’ve never met a wider range of people. I guess when I came here I thought there were Cubans and then there were people from New York and that was Miami. Now I know that it’s Cubans, people from New York, and some people from New Jersey.–Dave Barry

The only time I’ve ever been mistaken for someone else is – and this arguable still – when a person came up to me on the boardwalk of Ocean City, New Jersey and said, “You look a lot like that guy from computer ads” and I said, “There is a reason because I am that guy,” and the guy looked at me for a minute, laughed and said, “That’s a funny joke, but you really do look like him.” He thought I was not me.–John Hodgman

I grew up in northern New Jersey – the banlieue of New York – and I now live in Brooklyn. I am separated from my parents by about 50 miles, but really there is almost no distance between us. I speak to them nearly every day.–Jonathan Ames

I used to rent a house in Princeton, New Jersey, and whenever people came to visit me, I would drive them past Albert Einstein’s house, which is the most ordinary house in Princeton – a house, let me assure you, that now a salesman wouldn’t live in. I’d always say, “That was Albert Einstein’s house.” And they’d say, “What do you mean? Why would Albert Einstein live in a little house like that?” And I’d always say to people, “Because he didn’t care!”–Fran Lebowitz

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In dealing with Syria’s dictator…only force counts. No cease-fire was attainable in Lebanon until the 16-inch guns of the battleship New Jersey started shelling Syria’s proxies; suddenly, sweet reason prevailed in Damascus.–William Safire

Manchester United could have any goalkeeper in the world. I was a 23-year-old kid from New Jersey who, from an early age, had to cope with Tourettes Syndrome, a brain disorder that can trigger speech and facial tics, vocal outbursts and obsessive compulsive behavior.–Tim Howard

I grew up in New Jersey in the ’80s. That means one thing: Big hair. … I had big hair, my boyfriends had big hair, we all had big hair. Our prom looked like the poodle division of the Westminster dog show.–Jancee Dunn

It was tough doing ‘Underneath the Lintel’ in New Jersey in the wintertime, but rewarding. Those audiences were lively and interactive. On-stage was great, but off-stage was difficult.–Richard Schiff

One of my biggest inspirations growing up was Whitney Houston, so I was devastated to hear about her passing. I’m from East Orange, New Jersey, and started singing at New Hope Baptist Church, so she was like my fellow Jersey girl.–Naturi Naughton

Lordy, lordy, lordy do I love money. It is a character flaw, no doubt, one that springs from a panicked childhood in which I always felt as if our family was only a couple missed child support payments from being tossed onto the pitiless streets of our suburban New Jersey town.–Michael Ian Black

The British invasion was the most important event of my life. I was in New Jersey and the night I saw the Beatles changed everything. I had seen Elvis before and he had done nothing for me, but these guys were in a band.–Steven Van Zandt

These are days you’ll remember. If you recall nothing else from your graduation ceremony, remember you heard the New Jersey Governor quote from 10,000 Maniacs.–Bill Vaughan

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I grew up in New Jersey and never went up the Statue of Liberty.–Buzz Aldrin

I should call myself four market Norton. I’m great in Boston and Cleveland. I do good in Phillie, New Jersey.–Jim Norton

…I believed passionately that Communists were a race of horned men who divided their time equally between the burning of Nancy Drew books and the devising of a plan of nuclear attack that would land the largest and most lethal bomb squarely upon the third-grade class of Thomas Jefferson School in Morristown, New Jersey.–Fran Lebowitz

New Jersey gives us glue.–Howard Dietz

I’m a conservative, pro-life governor in a state where it is really tough to be both. A state like New Jersey, with lots of Democrats, but still we cut taxes, we balanced budgets. We fought the teacher’s union.–Chris Christie

What I’d like to see is a private [healthcare] system without the artificial lines around every state. I have a big company with thousands and thousands of employees. And if I’m negotiating in New York or in New Jersey or in California, I have like one bidder. Nobody can bid.Because the insurance companies are making a fortune because they have control of the politicians.–Donald Trump

In the eight years before I became governor, there was zero net private sector job growth in New Jersey. Zero. For eight years.–Chris Christie

I just want everybody to know my music and get to know my squad, Remy Boyz; just to show people New Jersey. New Jersey got talent, too. I mean, everybody sleeps on us, and they put us as the underdog.–Fetty Wap

Each summer, for example, nitrogen and phosphate washing from farmlands in the Mississippi Valley enter the Gulf of Mexico, creating a massive algal bloom covering some 16,000 square kilometers. As the blooms die off, this area-roughly the size of New Jersey-is so deprived of oxygen that no fish survive.–Lester R. Brown

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One of the things I like about my job is that it draws on the entire person: not just your knowledge of grammar and punctuation and usage and foreign languages and literature but also your experience of travel, gardening, shipping, singing, plumbing, Catholicism, midwesternism, mozzarella, the A train, New Jersey. And in turn it feeds you more experience.–Mary Norris

I’m here helping Doug Forrester become the next governor of New Jersey.–George Pataki

During Prohibition, Atlantic City created the idea of the speakeasy, which turned into nightclubs and that extraordinary political complexity and corruption coming out of New Jersey at the time. The long hand that they had-and maybe still do-even had to do with presidential elections.–Martin Scorsese

What else can you expect from a town thats shut off from the world by the ocean on one side and New Jersey on the other?–O. Henry

Growing up in a New Jersey suburb, my Catholic faith was an important part of my young life, shaping the way I approached the world.–James Lecesne

The President’s biggest problem right now is he’s gotta tell the truth. And we’ve seen this in New Jersey. I’ve told lots of hard truths in New Jersey that people didn’t necessarily agree with, but they give you credit for looking them in the eye and telling them the truth.–Chris Christie

Those magazine dieting stories always have the testimonial of a woman who wore a dress that could slipcover New Jersey in one photo and thirty days later looked like a well-dressed thermometer.–Erma Bombeck

I was a garbage man in New Jersey in summers during college at Yale. Everybody else got to go to Switzerland and I got to go to the dump.–Tom Perrotta

Mom put dense cheddar bread into a bag for a man who said this was his wife’s favorite – he’d driven all the way from New Jersey to buy it because today was their anniversary. Several women in the store jabbed their husbands on hearing this. I hung my head – Peter Terris wouldn’t cross the street to buy me a Twinkie.–Joan Bauer

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I was born in New York City, but I was raised in New Jersey, part of the great Jewish emigration of 1963.–Jon Stewart

From the top of the quarry cliffs, one could see the New Jersey suburbs bordered by the New York City skyline.–Robert Smithson

I feel like if you’re in Jersey, you have to be a Jersey Devils fan. Anybody born within the confines of the border of the state of New Jersey, I feel, should be a Jersey Devils fan.–Kevin Smith

There’s a high school in Camden, New Jersey, I call the Jill Scott School. It’s the Camden Creative Arts High School. Those teachers and kids are so passionate about what they do, and 98 percent of the senior class went on to college.–Jill Scott

The results of a new study are out this week saying that New Jersey is one of the most livable states in the country. The study has a margin of error of 100 percent.–Conan O’Brien

I later spent… five to eight months in hospitals in New Jersey, always on an involuntary basis, and always attempting a legal argument for release.–John Forbes Nash

As I climbed the electoral ladder – from state assemblyman to mayor of Woodbridge and finally to governor of New Jersey – political compromises came easy to me because I’d learned how to keep a part of myself innocent of them.–James McGreevey

When I was about 8 or 9, I lived in New Jersey with my mother and we were seven deep in one bedroom and sometimes we didn’t have electricity.–Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Growing up as a kid, we moved all over the country on a fairly frequent basis, from New Jersey to Texas, California, Illinois… we moved 21 times in my first 17 years.–J. Michael Straczynski

I was born in Patterson, New Jersey, and raised pretty much all around the country. My family tended to move from place to place following economic prospects and jobs and looking for new opportunities, so we changed schools, colleges, grade schools, high schools every 6 months to a year – depending on the breaks.–J. Michael Straczynski

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Nike used to be known as Blue Ribbon Sports. What’s now Sara Lee used to be Consolidated Foods. And Exxon was once Standard Oil Company of New Jersey. These were name changes that worked. But for all the ones that do, there are 10 or 20 that don’t.–James Surowiecki

his hair was permed and gelled like a New Jersey girl’s on homecoming night. Percy Jackson–Rick Riordan

The way I see it, living in New Jersey is a challenge, what with the toxic waste and the eighteen wheelers and the armed schizophrenics.” –Connie Rosolli Janet Evanovich

I know California isn’t a real destination. You can’t get there from New Jersey, not simply by following a line drawn on a map. The process of arrival is more subtle and complex. It involves acts of contrition. You must appease the gods. You must find novel forms of penance. You must tattoo your children and look at the wonder. It’s about conjuring and awakening and intuitions you wish you never had.–Kate Braverman

Wait.” Clary was suddenly nervous. “The melted metal-it could be, like, toxic or something.” Maia snorted. “I’m from New Jersey. I born in toxic sludge.–Cassandra Clare

Quick, name some towns in New Jersey–James Thurber

Philadelphia merely seems dull because it’s next to exciting Camden, New Jersey.–Robert Anton Wilson

I was born in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up in Summit, an upscale town in north Jersey. There was this tiny area of Summit where most of the black families lived. My parents and I lived in a duplex house on Williams Street.–Ice T

When you say, ‘I spent my summers at the Jersey Shore,’ people always say, ‘Oh, really?’ They think of the TV show. So I just say, ‘A cute little harbor town in New Jersey.’–Taylor Swift

I am obsessed with trash TV. I watch all reality shows. I watch all the “Housewives.” I am a huge fan of “New Jersey.”–NeNe Leakes

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Two records put me over the top with hip-hop. One of them was ‘Planet Rock,’ and the other had no lyrics – it was called ‘Numbers,’ from a group called Kraftwerk. Every kid in the ‘hood in New York and New Jersey was popping, locking, and breaking to that record. It was the hottest track on the street at the time.–Queen Latifah

New Jersey is a great place to live. And we have given some of the best talent to the world, from Jack Nicholson, John Travolta, to Jerry Lewis to Bon Jovi to Frank Sinatra.–Queen Latifah

My boyfriend is Italian and from New Jersey, so naturally he was thrilled to meet Joe Pesci.–Diablo Cody

We’re called New Jersey but we’re actually the suburbs of New York.–Harlan Coben

The state of New Jersey is really two places – terrible cities and wonderful suburbs. I live in the suburbs, the final battleground of the American dream, where people get married and have kids and try to scratch out a happy life for themselves. It’s very romantic in that way, but a bit naive. I like to play with that in my work.–Harlan Coben

Now, in New Jersey, we have more government workers per square mile than any state in America. But since I’ve been governor we now have fewer people on the state payroll at any time since Christie Whitman left office in January 2001. That’s the right direction, Mr. President, not the wrong direction.–Chris Christie

I absolutely believe that, come November 2012, I’m going to be governor of New Jersey and not in any other office. But the fact of the matter is, if Gov. Romney, who’s going to be our nominee, picked up the phone and called me to talk about this, I love my country enough and I love my party enough to listen.–Chris Christie

I have some Russian friends. But probably only 10 percent. I don’t hang out usually in the big Russian communities in Brooklyn and New Jersey.–Mikhail Baryshnikov

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Given my last position, that I was the first U.S attorney post 9/11 in New Jersey, I understand acutely the pain and sorrow and upset of the family members who lost loved ones that day at the hands of radical Muslim extremists. And their sensitivities and concerns have to be taken into account.–Chris Christie

I said we are going to balance an $11 billion budget deficit in a $29 billion budget, so by percentage, the largest budget deficit in America, by percentage, larger than California, larger than New York, larger than Illinois. And we’re going to balance that without raising taxes on the people of the state of New Jersey.–Chris Christie

I’m just this Dominican kid from New Jersey.–Junot Diaz

New Jersey for me is so alive with history. It’s old, dynamic, African-American, Latino.–Junot Diaz

I have a very powerful sense of place, but I have a very powerful sense of being a migrant, so it’s both. It seems like I’m always leaving my home. That’s part of the formula. I love the Dominican Republic. I go back all the time. I love New Jersey. Go back all the time.–Junot Diaz

I’ve loved car racing all my life. I watch NASCAR regularly, and drag racing because we have Raceway Park in New Jersey. I think I got it from my father.–Queen Latifah

Philly is more East Coast than Pittsburgh. It’s closer to New Jersey and New York, so the vibe is way more fast-paced.–Wiz Khalifa

New Jersey shaped who and what I am. Growing up in Jersey gave you all the advantages of New York, but you were in its shadow. Anyone who’s come from here will tell you that same story.–Jon Bon Jovi

My feeling about growing up in New Jersey was, ‘How come I’m not in New York?’ That being said, I’m older and I have a better worldview now, and so I think I grew up in an incredibly privileged position. The town I grew up in is beautiful. I got a great education, and I’m very grateful for it.–Anne Hathaway

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I grew up in Queens and New Jersey. I started doing children’s theater when I was seven to get out of school because I didn’t fit in.–Jesse Eisenberg

New Jersey is to New York what Santo Domingo is to the United States. I always felt that those two landscapes, not only just the landscapes themselves but their relationships to what we would call ‘a center’ or ‘the center of the universe,’ has in some ways defined my artistic and critical vision.–Junot Diaz

My mother took care of us until my father scrammed, and then she ended up working in the small-factory sector of New Jersey with a lot of other immigrants.–Junot Diaz

In the end, all worlds, whether they’re set in the future or in New Jersey of today, are fictions. Sure, you don’t got to do too much work to build a mundane world, but don’t get it twisted: you still got to do some work.–Junot Diaz

The job of a leader, the job of a governor, the job of a president is to get the people in the room and to bang enough heads together and rub enough arms and cajole enough to have them put the country’s and the state’s greater interests ahead of their own personal interests.–Chris Christie

From the look on your face, I’d say you know him.” I nodded. “Sold him a cannoli when I was in high school.” Connie grunted. “Honey, half of all the women in New Jersey have sold him their cannoli–Janet Evanovich

Jason Oliver C. Smith, a big dumb guy who was tan, died March 30 of lung cancer and old age. He was 13 years old and lived in New Jersey, Pennsylvania. At the time of his death, his license was current and he had had all of his shots. He is survived by two adults, three children, a cat named Daisy who drove him nuts, and his lifelong companion, Pudgy, whose spaying he always regretted, as well as a host of fleas who have gone elsewhere, probably to Pudgy. He will be missed by all, except Daisy. He never bit anyone, which is more than you can say for most of us.–Anna Quindlen

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This decision was something I have thought about for a long time going back to the lockout and spending the year in Russia. Though I decided to return this past season, Lou was aware of my desire to go back home and have my family there with me. The most difficult thing for me is to leave the New Jersey Devils, a great organization that I have a lot of respect for, and our fans that have been great to me.–Ilya Kovalchuk

The most difficult thing for me is to leave the New Jersey Devils, a great organization that I have a lot of respect for, and our fans that have been great to me.–Ilya Kovalchuk

Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge made that critical leap from ‘be afraid’ to ‘be very afraid,’ raising the terrorist threat level to orange for financial sectors in New York, Washington, D.C., and northern New Jersey. … Ridge’s announcement comes amidst reports he will step down as head of homeland security after the election. Ridge himself has refused to comment on the story, though colleagues say he has often expressed a desire to spend more time at home, scaring his family.–Jon Stewart

Manhattan is a narrow island off the coast of New Jersey devoted to the pursuit of lunch.–Raymond Sokolov

I did a show in New Jersey in the auditorium of a technical high school … Technical high school, that’s where dreams are narrowed down. We tell our children, “You can do anything you want.” Their whole lives. “You can do anything!” But this place, we take kids – they’re 15, they’re young – and we tell them, “You can do eight things. We got it down to eight for you.”–Louis C. K.

I had just done what she does in the story just about a year earlier – I moved from New Jersey and came to New York and was working at a bar, and you know, trying to make it.–Piper Perabo

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Hollywood is Newark, New Jersey with palm trees.–Weegee

Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision. While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, it’s clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused.–Louis Caldera

These esoteric, intellectual debates-I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation.–Chris Christie

When I was 13, I moved from New Jersey to Germany with my family. The high school was so supportive of my dream to continue with my theater training; instead of taking PE, I would get credit for dance lessons.–Nina Arianda

My parents came here from Colombia during a time of great instability there. Escaping a dire economic situation at home, they moved to New Jersey, where they had friends and family, seeking a better life, and then moved to Boston after I was born. –Diane Guerrero

School is where children spend most of their time, and it is where we lay the foundation for healthy habits. That’s why New Jersey is the first state to adopt a comprehensive school nutrition policy that bans candy, soda, and other junk food. Richard J. –Codey

I live in New Jersey, so I kind of just go to New York whenever. –Sadie Sink

The most horrifying thing I ever did was work as a steward on an airplane. I wanted to get hired by United. I thought, ‘With my languages, this will be amazing; I will work in First Class.’ But I could only get a job with an airline going from Newark, New Jersey to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. –John Grant

I was born in New York City, but I was raised in New Jersey, part of the great Jewish emigration of 1963. –Jon Stewart

Community stuff is always important to me, it’s very important to the New Jersey Devils and the organization, so along with not just myself but the rest of the players on the team, it’s always a priority to be able to give back in the best way possible. –P.K. Subban

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My grandfather was a wealthy and respected merchant in Montclair, New Jersey, where I was born. But his estate was wiped out in the Great Depression, and as a result, I had what I consider the ideal upbringing: We were a proud family, good citizens, and we didn’t have a sou. –John C. Bogle

I have nothing but the best memories of growing up in New Jersey. Of course, I grew up in a nice town, a suburb. But Tenafly was right next to Englewood, which had a tremendous amount of racial tension in the ’60s. So I was aware of the real world. –Lesley Gore

One day, when I was still living at home, a friend told ‘Texas’ Jean Valli about me. She was originally from Syracuse, N.Y., and lived in New Jersey but sang country. One night, she had me come up on stage where she was performing. I sang ‘My Mother’s Eyes,’ and she was knocked out. –Frankie Valli

I’m in my apartment in trendy Tribeca. I’ve been down here for 37 years, from before it was a fashionable neighbourhood. It’s a wonderful place; it looks over the Hudson River. I can see 30 miles into New Jersey. My landlord would like me to die because the rent is very low. I’m trying to outlive him. He can get a lot more if I disappear. –Mark Margolis

I was born in St. Louis, but I’m from Maplewood, New Jersey. Maplewood is completely different than the rest of New Jersey. It’s very small. It’s quietly affluent but more low-key. Lauryn Hill is from my town, though. –SZA

It was sort of assumed, from the time I was born, really, that I would go to college. That’s sort of the way that Jewish families in New Jersey handled things; that was the norm. –Alan Guth

Growing up in Livingston, New Jersey, was terrific. –Adam Pally

My mother was an elementary school teacher for 35 years and taught at the Nixon School in New Jersey. I was raised as a very liberal Democrat, and she was protesting Nixon when he was in office. –Peter Dinklage

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Let me tell you who I am: I’m a girl from New Jersey who moved to New York and worked in a bar while trying to make a living at what I really wanted to do, which was act. –Piper Perabo

Dishonesty is Trump’s hallmark: He claimed that he had spoken clearly and boldly against going into Iraq. Wrong. He spoke in favor of invading Iraq. He said he saw thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating 9/11. Wrong. He saw no such thing. He imagined it. –Mitt Romney

When I was about 8 or 9, I lived in New Jersey with my mother and we were seven deep in one bedroom and sometimes we didn’t have electricity. –Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Because I first made my name as a rapper claiming South Central L.A., people often assume I’m strictly a West Coast cat. But my family was actually from back East. I was born in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up in Summit, an upscale town in north Jersey.– Ice T

I still remember the first gig where I got people going, it was Rascals in New Jersey, and the place was packed. I was scared. People were expecting me to be funny. I gotta be honest, every time I walk into a club, it’s that same fear. –Bill Burr

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