As I continue to mature, it becomes, sadly, more and more apparent that New Jersey as a State continues to lose home-grown individuals who value and cherish what is available to them within the State. Rather, this State continues to be infected with self-loathing people. These people persistently look across the Rivers and lust for unreasonable experiences. They sabotage themselves, their families, their friends, and their businesses through irresponsible behavior and desires that consistently harm and degrade what is already available and valuable here in the State of New Jersey. Why? It is because they are arrogant and foolish enough to think that NYC or Philadelphia is where they are supposed to be.
Yet, were these same self-loathing, self-sabotaging, self-hating fools to take stock of what is in this State and hold within themselves just a minutia of pride of all that is here, they could do wonders in continuing to build up and enhance this glorious State. Consider what this great State offers:
- one of the sharpest differences of topography, geography, and environmental landscape within a few hours’ drive from anywhere within the State,
- wonderful parks, recreation locales, towns and communities, and professional facilities of all types for family fun as well as night-out events for couples,
- spectacular small businesses, shops, and restaurants to choose from,
- some of the top tier high schools academically in the nation along with athletic programs that compete nationally in football, both girls’ and boys’ basketball, wrestling, and valuable student programs in speciality areas,
- a higher education array including
– Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey that is on the precipice of celebrating its 250th Anniversary of being chartered, not just founded, which is the premier land grant and AAU member public university in the Northeast and internationally, which is a member of the Big Ten and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC),
– an Ivy League university in the form of Princeton University,
– multiple other universities providing consistent, quality education that have prepared graduates to be the successes they are today,
- businesses of all sizes from small shops to Fortune 50 companies that provide some of the top incomes nationwide,
- some of the highest incomes for public employees (who still bitch, moan, and complain that they are not being paid enough),
- some of the broadest experiences of culture and life from private farms to Broadway shows to the highest quality of food prepared.
Here’s a reality check for all New Jerseyans: love what you have in state. Not because it is all you have in the state, but because it is all that is offered to you in the state.