Jackie Syrop:

I’m a 50-something freelance writer/editor, living in the wilds of Central NJ–but I’m not really a Jersey girl, because I grew up in NY… making fun of NJ. But I admit it: I surprise myself with my love of the Garden State, despite everything that’s wrong with it. So it’s fine with me if everyone from outside of NJ believes it’s like the turnpike corridor. That way, they won’t come here and crowd my beautiful beaches or Delaware River bike path. When the kids are grown and on their own, and we can retire, you will find us living in a shack Down the Shore, riding the waves, and eating at Surf Taco.