Skip to comments.NJ: Tourist slogan search bars sarcasm
Posted on 12/21/2005 6:51:37 PM PST by NormsRevenge
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - New Jersey, trying to overcome its reputation for corruption, traffic and toxic waste dumps, has rejected dozens of sardonic and sarcastic entries in a contest for a new tourist slogan.
A list of five possible slogans released on Wednesday leaves out "New Jersey: We can always use another relative on the payroll," and "Come to New Jersey: It's not as bad as it smells."
Voters get to pick the winner in the competition launched after Gov. Richard Codey nixed "New Jersey: We'll Win You Over," created by a consultant who was paid $260,000 (149,000 pounds).
"It makes me think of when I was young and single and asked a girl out," Codey said in a statement. "She turned me down. I said, 'Give me a chance, I'll win you over.'"
Nearly 7,800 entries were submitted to promote a state not widely known for its pristine countryside and sun-soaked beaches.
The five finalists are: "New Jersey: Expect the Unexpected," "New Jersey: Love at First Sight," "New Jersey: Come See for Yourself," "New Jersey: The Real Deal" and "New Jersey: The Best Kept Secret."
Voters in the Garden State have until January 1 to make their selection.
New Jersey: Like a Brain Stem Tumor on New York
New Jersey:What exit?
Several years ago I saw one for either Wyoming or Idaho that read, "We don't want our Mountain Men Mounting Men."
We Don't 86 Nobody!
New Jersey: Home of the New York Giants and the New York Jets!
New Jersey: We've done away with sarcasm and now we have NO personality
New Jersey - ...'ow you doin'?
New Jersey: Fuggeddaboudit.
New Jersey: Home of the Boss and the Bosses!
"New Jersey: New York's Toilet"
Noo Joisey: Whatcha lookin' at, mofo?!
New Jersey: California Dreaming
New Jersey home to Jimmy Hoffa.
Welcome to New Jersey -- Who Farted?
However, when I was much younger I ran into a Jersey girl in a ski bar in Vermont. She said was on the Governor's staff and said they were looking for tourist development slogans. Inspired, I suggested T-Shirts that read: "Hi! I'm from New Jersey - Squeeze My Tomatoes." I slept alone that night.
New Jersey: The EPA Superfund State
New Jersey: The pretty side of NYC
New Jersey: Come to hide the bodies; Stay for the canoles
New Jersey: Why go to New York? Their garbage is on our beaches.
New Jersey: Let's see Nevada grow tomatoes like these.
New Jersey: All this without a Kennedy.
New Jersey: Don't judge us by Camden.
New Jersey: Who farted?
I've written a lot of ad copy in my day and I can say that these suck. Bad. They're so vague and meaningless, you could slap these slogans on any state. Just stick with "Garden State" until you come up with something better.
I too used to think Jersey was a cesspool, but after spending a week near Princeton, I fell in love with the place. I'm not about to leave Arizona, but NJ has some beautiful spaces.