Important link in the Northeast megalopolis from Boston
to Richmond. Highly regarded as "one of the worst roads in America," but it gets its bad rap only from the very northern section, whereas the section from Exit 12 and south is clean and less congested. Only freeway link from New York City
, so many use the NJTP as a through route. This is why New Jersey
has a bad image, since the REAL New Jersey
is away from the Turnpike in the form of beautiful beaches, historic towns, and vast farmland (despite being the most densely populated state in the Union). This highway is also called the "New Jersey Speedway" since police will not stop you unless you're going above 80 MPH.
I once took the New Jersey Turnpike to New York, but when I got there, I asked myself, "Why waste my time in that shithole?" and turned around to go to Philadelphia instead for a cheesesteak.