Why NJ Isn’t Most Americans’ Summer Destination

Apparently, in activity, safety, and cost rankings, New Jersey ranks, well, near the bottom.

Surprisingly, New York ranks first in the latest study published by WalletHub.

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Bar Emiliano via Unsplash

Since crime in the city tends to be much higher than crime in suburban or rural areas like Niagara Falls, I think the statistics in New York are somewhat skewed.

New Jersey is at rock bottom, in my opinion, in part because our government has done nothing to correct the stereotypes that continue to dominate conversation outside the state.

We hear things like, people are rude, cities are dangerous, everything is so expensive, and the ocean is gross.

Despite all the money that has been spent on slogans and promoting tourism, what we really need are leaders like Governor Ron DeSantis and Governor Kristi Noem who actively speak out about the people who travel and visit their states.

Although this list doesn’t have a ton of credibility for me, as the top 10 states include Minnesota and Ohio. I don’t remember many people saying, “Hey, we’re going to Minnesota for our summer road trip.” And besides the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, why would you go to Ohio?

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Either way, New Jersey has great beaches from Wildwood to Monmouth Beach and plenty of summer activities from Cape May to Jenkinson’s.

Not to mention the food. From cheesesteaks to pizza to upscale meals at great restaurants to celebrate special occasions, NJ has it all.

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Hopefully over the next few years we will elect leaders who appreciate and love our state. Let’s get foreign tourist money in and change Jersey’s negative narrative.

If you need suggestions on places to visit in New Jersey, take a look here:

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15 Sensational Places to Visit in Seaside Heights and Seaside Park

From the rides to all the boardwalk food to the many water fun, Seaside Heights and nearby Seaside Park has remained a family friendly place for all ages.

Along the way, the Seaside Heights boardwalk and Casino Pier were hit by tragic disasters, such as a fire, Super Hurricane Sandy, and another fire. Both have proven their resilience through reconstruction and expansion.

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of Bill Spadea, host of New Jersey talk show 101.5. All opinions expressed are those of Bill. Bill Spadea is on the air weekdays from 6-10 a.m., speaking from Jersey, taking your calls at 1-800-283-1015.

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