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Public Scholars Project
What’s funny about the Jersey Joke?
May 11, 2019 at 3:00 PM | Bloomfield, NJ | Bloomfield Public Library
New Jersey has long been the whipping boy of New York City (and maybe Philly too). Decades ago, Woody Allen movies and Saturday Night Live amplified Jersey’s inferiority complex. This phenomenon, the Jersey Joke, started to turn in the mid 70’s when Bruce Springsteen gained national fame. The Jersey Joke continued to ebb and flow (consider how the Sopranos changed how Jersey was perceived) and still does. Jersey is a state like no other, the home of high profile innovators and artists – from Edison to Sinatra – and can boast national economic and scientific impact. And let’s not forget about its glorious tollbooths.
Michael Rockland, Ph.D.
Professor & Writer
Bloomfield Public Library
90 Broad St