This snow was beautiful. I enjoyed it, my kids enjoyed it, (the ones who weren’t sick) and I even found out all about the snow and our cold weather from one of my favorite weather personalities.
As I walked through the snowy wonderland in the trails behind my house, I thought about whether more snow was in our forcast.
We don’t have a local newscast any longer. Yes we have a local paper and local radio stations. Not the same in my book. I don’t turn on the radio at all unless it’s NPR or I am desperate for some music. Most of us stopped listening to the radio years ago. And that NPR from Cape May is a Philadelphia station.
The weather and the lack of a regular local broadcast leads me to the question, what is wrong with New Jersey?
It is a serious question. Apparently there is some problem. For a state that has the highest population density, (# of people per square mile of land) we seem to be failing. We are,
– consistently the butt of jokes
– lack a local television and news source
– stereotyped by film and “The Jersey Shore
– we lack most professional sports teams. At least in name.
– South Jersey is basically seen as a little Philadelphia by the shore and North Jersey is basically a suburb of New York.
I don’t know if it’s years of prejudice towards our state or bad public relations. Heck, maybe it’s all subconscious results of our toll bridges that let you in for free but make you pay to get out. I can’t really say.
What I can say is we NEED local television news. We need local weather forecasts. And we need to have some Jersey pride.