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New Jersey Looks For New State Slogan
WKMG TV NEWS & AP ^ | 11-14-2005

Posted on 11/14/2005 5:50:52 PM PST by Cagey

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Make us a slogan we can't refuse, the state of New Jersey said. We got your slogan right here, the people replied.

A push to come up with a new slogan for the Garden State has become an excuse to crack New Jersey jokes. Among the not-so-serious entries:

"New Jersey: You Got a Problem With That?"

"NJ: How You Doin'?!"

"Most of Our Elected Officials Have Not Been Indicted."

The search yielded more than 4,000 possibilities in all, many of them attempts to sum up the land of Bruce Springsteen, "The Sopranos" and smelly interstates in one pithy phrase. The deadline for submissions was Monday.

The program began last month after acting Gov. Richard J. Codey rejected a consultant's recommendation -- "New Jersey: We'll Win You Over" -- as too negative. That slogan, developed as part of a $260,000 contract by global image consultants Lippincott Mercer, was shelved a day before it was to be unveiled.

Instead, the state opened the process to the public, establishing a Web site and telephone hot line to receive suggestions, which included the lyrical ("The Ocean, The Motion, The Magic") along with the satirical.

New Jersey, which once used "New Jersey and You: Perfect Together," has not had a new marketing slogan in four years. "Get Away, Without Going Far Away" has been used in the interim, but tourism officials say it does not resonate with out-of-staters.

"We have the opportunity to craft a new message for our tourist literature to reflect the pride we have in our many parks, open spaces, farmlands, quaint villages, boardwalks and beaches and our exciting cities," Codey implored would-be slogan writers on the Web site.

The governor and the state Commerce, Economic Growth and Tourism Commission will "pare down the suggestions and go from there," said Karen Wolfe, a commission spokeswoman.

The state's musical legacy -- Frank Sinatra called New Jersey home, Springsteen still does -- led one person to suggest "From Ol' Blue Eyes to the Boss: Jersey Is Singing Your Song." Another entry: "Born to Fun."

Others found New Jersey's reputation for mobsters, toxic waste sites and lowbrow taste fair game. "Bada Bing! Choose New Jersey" was one suggestion.

The campaign was run by the state, but newspaper columnists, talk radio and "Saturday Night Live" got into the spirit, too. "New Jersey: It Always Smells Like This," one Philadelphia Inquirer reader suggested. "New Jersey: Come Glow With Us," another said.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
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To: Windcatcher

That's a good one too. LOL


151 posted on 11/14/2005 7:36:21 PM PST by Petronski (Cyborg is the greatest blessing I have ever known.)
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To: Cagey

How about, "Not as crooked as Louisiana!"


152 posted on 11/14/2005 7:39:24 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Cagey
"New Jersey,Someone's Gotta Live Here"

Courtesy of Archie Bunker

153 posted on 11/14/2005 7:39:28 PM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: new cruelty

Nice numbers. Where'd you get them. Let's thank Tony for the "Two Large" from NJ. We all know Tony votes Republican, but poses Democratic because, well, he knows where his bread is buttered.


154 posted on 11/14/2005 7:39:36 PM PST by Pyncho (Success through excess)
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To: Cagey

"New Jersey; like Jersey only newer!"

Or

"What the hell is that smell??!!"


155 posted on 11/14/2005 7:42:30 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: stocksthatgoup

"New Jersey: What Happens Here, Stays Buried Here."

"New Jersey: Like New York Without The Tall Buildings."


156 posted on 11/14/2005 7:43:48 PM PST by Tall_Texan (HOUSTON ASTROS - NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 2005)
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To: Cagey

New Jersey: Is you is, or is you ain't?


157 posted on 11/14/2005 7:43:55 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("in the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: Huck

I think that when Governor Kean left office, the slogan went with him...and his accent.


158 posted on 11/14/2005 7:54:06 PM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (Undocumented border patrol agent.)
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To: Pyncho
Nice numbers. Where'd you get them. Let's thank Tony for the "Two Large" from NJ.

You think an hbo mob boss donated money to FR! Shows what kind of state you're in. For someone that has only been here since September, it is probably not a good idea to dismiss a group of people like that.

159 posted on 11/14/2005 7:56:37 PM PST by new cruelty
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To: new cruelty

A group meaning a state? And so seniority is a written or unwritten rule? I don't get the comment. I don't see anyone dismissing anyone across this topic; I see it as jest entirely. This is why I'm genuinely distressed that Huck got all a fluster. If the topic was, way, to give a new slogan to TX and things got a bit dicey, I can't imagine getting hot and bothered. Maybe this reflects the basic security of Txians w their location, their venue. I don't know. But it seems that things NJean bring out the worst in people rather than the best, and this is reflective of something grander than being dismissive.


160 posted on 11/14/2005 8:03:50 PM PST by Pyncho (Success through excess)
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To: Cagey

New Jersey: Former Home of Danny and the Juniors!


161 posted on 11/14/2005 8:06:01 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("in the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: Cagey

"THE BODIES ARE BURIED IN OUR GARDEN, STATE"


162 posted on 11/14/2005 8:07:21 PM PST by doug from upland ("Susan Estrich...get off your kneepads" - Juanita Broaddrick)
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To: Revolting cat!

And, The Four Seasons.


163 posted on 11/14/2005 8:07:48 PM PST by Cagey (Some men are Baptists, others Catholics, my father was an Oldsmobile man.)
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To: Revolting cat!

New Jersey: Quadruple Delaware's land and quadruple the taxes.


164 posted on 11/14/2005 8:09:00 PM PST by Windcatcher (Earth to libs: MARXISM DOESN'T SELL HERE. Try somewhere else.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Although, I'm pretty sure Danny and the Juniors were from Philly but you can bet they performed in Wildwood.
165 posted on 11/14/2005 8:10:37 PM PST by Cagey (Some men are Baptists, others Catholics, my father was an Oldsmobile man.)
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To: Cagey
OK, this is just FUNNY:


166 posted on 11/14/2005 8:11:27 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

Hahahaha! I'll never look at that word the same again.


167 posted on 11/14/2005 8:13:20 PM PST by Cagey (Some men are Baptists, others Catholics, my father was an Oldsmobile man.)
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To: Cagey

New Jersey: redneck free.


168 posted on 11/14/2005 8:14:47 PM PST by drlevy88
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To: drlevy88
New Jersey: redneck free

You've never been to the Pinelands.

169 posted on 11/14/2005 8:16:17 PM PST by Cagey (Some men are Baptists, others Catholics, my father was an Oldsmobile man.)
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To: Cagey

Damn, not even Danny and the Juniors are from there! How about Rosie and the Originals?


170 posted on 11/14/2005 8:16:34 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("in the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: Cagey

171 posted on 11/14/2005 8:17:36 PM PST by Cvengr (<;^))
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To: Cvengr

Nice "art," as they say in the newspaper business.


172 posted on 11/14/2005 8:23:39 PM PST by Pyncho (Success through excess)
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To: Pyncho
I don't get the comment... If the topic was, way, to give a new slogan to TX and things got a bit dicey, I can't imagine getting hot and bothered.

Nor can I. I even contributed a slogan- New Jersey: Maybe next year. And by posting the chart, I acknowledged there are those from NJ that are on this site and think it is worth doing something positive. Being in the state you're in (and I don't mean Texas), you missed that point and instead posted something (yet again) about someone named Tony.

It's all fun and games, but at least give credit to those who are contributing to this site.

173 posted on 11/14/2005 8:23:44 PM PST by new cruelty
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To: new cruelty

Fair enough.


174 posted on 11/14/2005 8:27:06 PM PST by Pyncho (Success through excess)
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To: Cagey
New Jersey the Huck You State
175 posted on 11/14/2005 8:28:24 PM PST by Sunnyflorida
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To: Revolting cat!
I think there was already a saying during the colonial period that New Jersey was "a valley of humility between two mountains of conceit."

Not sure of the exact wording, but at any rate the tradition of putting New Jersey down goes way back.

New Jersey is the only northern state where Lincoln didn't get a majority of the popular vote either time he ran. Somehow he still got the majority of the electoral vote (4 of 7 votes) in 1860.

176 posted on 11/14/2005 8:29:06 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Cagey

New Jersey: Find Hoffa, win a trip to New York.


177 posted on 11/14/2005 8:32:00 PM PST by thefactor
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To: new cruelty; cardinal4
My introduction to NJ was in 1962 when I shipped out of McGuire; fifteen months later I was back there processing out of the USAF.

A few years later, I had to take my car to the Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne (MOTBY). There is an overwhelming sense of corruption there. You'd better not leave anything loose or valuable in the car, because by the time it gets to Naples or Jeddah, it'll be gone and not stolen by the Napolitanos or the Yemenis working the port at Jeddah.

178 posted on 11/14/2005 8:32:19 PM PST by Ax (Audace, audace..... Tourjours L'Audace)
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To: Cagey

There are lots, I mean lots, of rednecks in Florida. Everybody knows that but what is amazing is how many are actually from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.


179 posted on 11/14/2005 8:33:28 PM PST by Sunnyflorida
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To: All

New Jersey: Gateway to Pennsylvania


180 posted on 11/14/2005 8:33:47 PM PST by duckworth (Perhaps instant karma's going to get you. Perhaps not.)
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To: Cagey

New Jersey: More Citizens Under Witness Protection Program Than in Any Other State!


181 posted on 11/14/2005 8:35:46 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("in the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: Cagey

Your right...I visited the shore area a few times and enjoyed it..until I met a few "Pineys"


182 posted on 11/14/2005 8:36:16 PM PST by DenverGal
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To: Pharmboy
New Jersey: Cheap beer and easy women.

New Jersey: We account for 62% of the nations Drakar Noir sales.

New Jersey: Where hairspray still reigns supreme.

New Jersey: Find Hoffa, win a trip to New York (I posted this one a few posts ago but thought you might enjoy it).

183 posted on 11/14/2005 8:40:01 PM PST by thefactor
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To: Ax
My wife and I moved from Houston to NJ in 2001. My intro to NJ was taking the Ben Franklin into Camden. My wife had just accepted a residency at Cooper Hospital. I didn't get the opportunity to travel with her on her interviews so that was my first time to see the state. As soon as we entered Camden I told her that if I were traveling with her at the time she was interviewing, there would have been no way in hell that she would have accepted the job. But we stuck it out and, four years and two kids later, life here (in Cherry Hill) is great. And that brings to mind an idea for a slogan-

New Jersey: Stick it out!

The imagery alone... :)

184 posted on 11/14/2005 8:41:46 PM PST by new cruelty
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To: Cagey
New Jersey is not a Neo-Con cow.
185 posted on 11/14/2005 8:41:57 PM PST by fish hawk (I am only one, but I am not the only one.)
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To: Sunnyflorida

IMHO if you get far enough away from the cities, you'll find rednecks anywhere. The mountains in central PA just make for more :^)


186 posted on 11/14/2005 8:50:45 PM PST by Windcatcher (Earth to libs: MARXISM DOESN'T SELL HERE. Try somewhere else.)
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To: Windcatcher

Not to put a pall on the proceedings, but consider that it is the "rednecks" - N & S, E & W - who are doing three things, the last most important:
1) Playing major league baseball.
2) Singing country.
3) Saving our bottoms in Iraq and elsewhere.


187 posted on 11/14/2005 8:57:40 PM PST by Pyncho (Success through excess)
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To: Pyncho

Oh, I'm not dissing rednecks, LOL. It's only too bad there weren't more...latte-sipping, Volvo-driving, tax-loving libs they ain't :^)


188 posted on 11/14/2005 9:21:08 PM PST by Windcatcher (Earth to libs: MARXISM DOESN'T SELL HERE. Try somewhere else.)
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To: Kimmers

I was born and raised there. At the South Jersey shore. It is beautiful there. It was wonderful to grow up there.


189 posted on 11/14/2005 10:04:09 PM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He's done more for our country than we will ever know. He's the man!)
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To: Cagey

New Jersey: Run away. Run away.

Free Huck. At least he's loyal.


190 posted on 11/14/2005 10:06:14 PM PST by jjmcgo
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To: Windcatcher
I'm not dissin' 'em either. I'm from out west and it is conventional wisdom that all red necks are from the south. I think Tomas Sowell has a book to that effect. But the west coast of florida is a real eye opener.

Also not all vets are rednecks. Your talking to one. and I quit paying attention to professional baseball when they broke up the A's.
191 posted on 11/14/2005 10:07:22 PM PST by Sunnyflorida
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To: xzins

NJ ~ Taxes R Us


192 posted on 11/15/2005 2:57:44 AM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: unionblue83

New Jersey PING!!!


193 posted on 11/15/2005 4:04:09 AM PST by goarmy ("I wouldn't piss on an ACLU lawyer if he were on fire." -notfornothing)
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To: Cagey

New Jersey - Because they needed somewhere to put the road from New York to Philadelphia...


194 posted on 11/15/2005 4:08:47 AM PST by wireman
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To: Revolting cat!
"New Jersey: Huck Sez F*** U!"

Well the whole thread is funny, but I didn't burst out laughing until I read your post. But I'm allowed to laugh because I just moved from New Jersey after living there for two years. Based on my experience I'll contribute this....

New Jersey....It could be worse.

195 posted on 11/15/2005 4:57:18 AM PST by Rokke
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To: Ax

My New Jersey slogan: "Bayonne, its not Kinshasa!"


196 posted on 11/15/2005 5:48:50 AM PST by cardinal4 ("One man gone and another to go....")
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To: Cagey
Oh God. I grew up there:

New Jersey: Where there is always a diner to go to after last call.

197 posted on 11/15/2005 8:16:17 AM PST by Hadean
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To: Cagey

"America Stops Here"


198 posted on 11/15/2005 8:20:05 AM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: Huck

Yeah, there are some clever responses to this thread, and then there's "New Jersey: Our Politicians are Corrupt!" and other "contributions" which don't really show much effort.


199 posted on 11/15/2005 8:22:58 AM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: Cagey

New Jersey: Beats North Korea!


200 posted on 11/15/2005 8:28:46 AM PST by Revolting cat! ("in the end, nothing explains anything.")
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