When you're born and raised in New Jersey, you get used to the insults. I've heard them all. Yeah yeah, New Jersey has a lot of oil refineries and some of its urban centers and conveniently located strip malls are not quite as hip or cool as New York City. But really the whole "Armpit of America" thing is way overblown and unfair. A more accurate title for New Jersey might be The Punchline of America. Anytime anyone from the East Coast wants to make a cheap geography joke, nine times out of ten it's at New Jersey's expense.
Case in point: this supercut from NextMovie of film characters slamming the
Garden State Easy Target State over and over again. We get it guys, you've taken the New Jersey Turnpike, and it's not especially pretty. You're welcome for all the refined gas, you jerkstores.
Next time you're enjoying a Bruce Springsteen album, or a Philip Roth novel, or an episode of "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," or an early Kevin Smith movie (note the dip in quality of his work after he moved to Los Angeles), you think about what we've talked about here today. I've traveled this country a little bit. New Jersey ain't the best place I've been -- but it sure as hell ain't the worst.
That said, the line from "Fletch Lives" is pretty funny.