"New Jersey - only the strong survive".

It's not just a cute saying, it's a true statement.

We all know that when you set out on one of the Garden State's major roadways, you'd better bring nerves of steel with you.

That's exactly what a North Carolina TV reporter discovered this past weekend when she encountered the New Jersey Turnpike.

Here are some of my favorite takeaways from the video by WBTV's Kristen Hampton:

  • The New Jersey Turnpike takes no prisoners. Don't worry, even we get frazzled, Kristen!
  • "A good 70 to 75" counts as slow lane speed. We know, the posted speed limit is 65, but most New Jerseyans take that more as a suggestion.
  • Yeah, I know, the whole people pumping your gas for you thing. I'm actually with you on this one.
  • The surprised reaction of that guy who you held the door for? I'll just put this link here to the Steve Martin classic "My Blue Heaven", warn my readers that it's very definitely NSFW, and leave it at that.

Let this be a warning to you, out-of-staters, if you're going to drive through Jersey, be prepared!


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