May 31, 2020

Taking Dirty Jersey Back

posted on: Thursday September 16, 2010

by Kerry Vaughan ’12 / Commentary Staff

If Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi has taught the world anything, it is that no matter how small you are, or how low your IQ is, there is hope for everyone to make it big in the world. It just so happens that Snooki found stardom in a place where the only thing that plays louder than Bon Jovi is Bruce Springsteen; a place where people don’t pump gas, they pump fists. New Jersey is all the rage these days. As reality television continues on its warpath to destroy human intelligence, Cake Boss, Jersey Shore, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Jerseylicious, and Jersey Couture are just a few of the shows that have provided us with some unforgettable entertainment. Of course, they have also contributed to the world’s distorted perception of the Garden State—or as it’s better known, the “Dirty Jerz.” Having been born and raised in the great state of New Jersey, I must say, I’m a tad tired of the stereotypes that have dirtied the image of Jersey. So my aim is quite simple: to put some deodorant on the so-called “armpit of America.”

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