A state that happens to be across the river from New York City. It catches a lot of shit for this unavoidable accident of geography. If Iowa was across the river from New York City, we'd all be watching "Iowa Shore" right now and making fun of the guidos. In spite of this situation, my unscientific assessment of the asshole population in New Jersey is that the ratio of assholes to regular folks actually places "Jersey" among the more decent of the of American states, ranking somewhere between Tennessee and Colorado, whereas if you gleaned your perception of New Jersey from our popular culture, you might think it was a place as asshole-ridden as Massachusetts or Florida.
Overall, a great place to be from. It is affluent, highly-educated, and densely populated but down-to-earth and diverse. The best ethnic food is in New Jersey. Every celebrity you can think of is from New Jersey. Bruce Springsteen wrote a lot of songs about getting the fuck out of New Jersey, but continues to represent by living there, so recognize.