*Goes to show how sheltered I am*
My mother is from Jersey so I don't hear much bad things about it X3
I think that is the distinct difference between hearing about it from someone actually from there vs from an outsider or the media. Most of us Jerseyans are actually proud of our state, despite the bad rap. Heck, we even embrace it. But we also know about all the awesome things about living there. And tend to miss a lot of those things if/when we leave. (While the beaches are nicer here in Hawaii, and a shorter drive to get to them, I miss Wawa, cheesesteaks, and decent pizza.
) To others, it may be a shithole, but to us, it's OUR shithole. XD (Ok, maybe not quite, but like I said, we've had enough time to experience all the good things.