Once again New Jersey was the butt of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update jokes.
They made jokes regarding anything from the supposed smell of New Jersey to how our woman are ugly to our supposed lack of intelligence. They had on “former Governor Spitzer” and “Governor Paterson”. “Paterson” made the comment that having sex with a prostitute without a condom was like driving through New Jersey in a convertible. They also made comments on how our women look, which is ironic because the call-girl that Spitzer was involved with was from New Jersey and he was willing to spend all that money on her.
Basically it’s sort of funny – Saturday Night Live and these late night talk show hosts and all these other people deserve our pity – not our outrage. They are so lame, they are recycling the same jokes from the 70’s. The thing that has changed regarding the weekend Update episode this time, versus others – this time people were actually booing the New Jersey jokes.
There was one joke that I agree with that “Paterson” told – filling in the tunnels.Â I’m all for it – 89%Â of New York’s new growth will draw workers from New JerseyÂ – so let’s see how much that arrogant city can survive without the workers to fill their skyscrapers. I can guarantee you, if we filled in the tunnels, those businesses would come to where the workers are if the workers could no longer get to their jobs in the city.
So let’s go! Let’s fill in the tunnels, cut the bridges, eliminate this 2nd rail tunnel to no where – and then let’s see Manhattan on it’s hands and knees begging for forgiveness from New Jersey.
BTW – You also have to realize that New York, for all it’s outward appearance of being self assured is actually very insecure. New York is like the bully who doesn’t like itself – so it has to make fun of others and pick on them. It’s like New Yorkers making fun of the supposed New Jersey accent – when it’s really a New York accent – particularly Staten Island, Brooklyn and Long Island. But hey, they need something to make themselves feel good and superior. Hell, they try to claim they are the sports capital of America – if not in their arrogant way – the world. Let’s make a list here…
New York Teams
Islanders (who are most likely moving to Kansas City)
(nothern) New Jersey Teams
Giants (New Jersey team who plays in East Rutherford – Corporate headquarters – Meadowlands)
Jets (New Jersey team who plays in East Rutherford – corporate headquarters – Florham Park NJ)
Red Bulls (Play in East Rutherford – new stadium being built in Harrison, across the river from Newark)
Nets (who are not going to be moving to Brooklyn, but most likely to Newark)
NJ Ironmen – MLIS (major League Indoor Soccer) Playing in Prudential Center
So while New York has two baseball teams, two hockey teams and a basketball team, northern New Jersey has two NFL teams, a hockey team, a basketball team, a major league soccer team and a major league indoor soccer team. So contrary what New York would like to think, northern New Jersey is the sports capital.
Let’s admit it though – it must be very hard to be New York having to constantly convince the world that you are the “THE thing to see”Â and live in the shadow of New Jersey – I mean just look at their slogan – “I Love NY”. Only a state/city with severe self esteem issues would constantly be asking for everyone to tell them that they “love” them all the time. Believe me – I’ve been to New York many times. I’ve shown many people around New York – only about 5% of the the city is forth seeing – it’s interesting how that part is the stuff that only anyone ever knows about. Yankee Stadium is in a crime invested Bronx. Shea Stadium, which has been replaced by the new corporately named stadium CitiField is in the middle of no where right next to LaGuardia Airport in Queens, yet it’s the Prudential Center in Newark that gets bad-mouthed. Of course we all know why the Prudential center gets bad-mouthed – New York doesn’t want people to realize how much better it is than their antiquated Madison Square Garden. They don’t want people to know how much better it is to see a show or sporting event in New Jersey than it is in New York. It’s like the Wizard of Oz telling Dorothy – “Don’t look behind the curtain”. Well New York doesn’t want people to look behind the curtain and see how much better New Jersey is -Â so the only thing left for them to do and to make them feel good about themselves – is to constantly make fun of New Jersey and New Jerseyans.
New Jersey is the cheap joke, because so many people know nothing about New Jersey. They fly into Newark and think they have seen New Jersey. Small minded people – you have to feel sorry for them.
So stand up with pride New Jerseyans – we don’t suffer from the self esteem issues that plague New York. We know who we are. We don’t need to constantly be begging for people to say they love us. We know what we have, we know we have the 1.1 million acre Pine Barrens, we know that New Jersey was the crossroads of the American Revolution, we know that most modern day conveniences from the lighbulb to the barcode were invented in New Jersey, we know we have 127 miles of beautiful beaches that New Yorkers seem to have no problem flocking to in the summer, we know we have the mountains of the northwest and of course we have the gambling capital of the East Coast – Atlantic City, with hotels and restaurants that rival anything found anywhere in Manhattan. We also know that that icon they try to arrogantly flaunt as their own, even though it was a gift to AMERICA, not New York, is actually standing in New JERSEY waters. Yes believe it or not – the Statue of Liberty stands in New Jersey waters just a few feet off our coast in Jersey City, NOT New York City.
Isn’t it funny how Saturday Night Live was making fun of our intelligence, when Carl Sagan came from New Jersey, Thomas Edison’s laboratory was in New Jersey and Einstein lived in Princeton?