You live within 20 minutes of at least three different malls.
You know that there are no “beaches” in New Jersey -there’s the shore and you don’t go to the shore, you go “down the Shore”. And when you are there, you’re not “at the shore”, you are “down the Shore”.
You don’t think of fruit when people mention “The Oranges”.
You know what a “jug handle” is.
You start planning for Memorial Day weekend in February.
You know that this is the only “New __” state that doesn’t require “New” to identify it (like, try…Mexico,…York, .Hampshire – doesn’t work, does it?)
You weren’t raised in New Jersey — you were raised in either North Jersey, Central Jersey or South Jersey.
You’ve NEVER, NEVER pumped your own gas.
You don’t understand why there aren’t more 24-hour diners elsewhere in the country.
You know where every “clip” shown in the Sopranos opening credits is.