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Sassee
12-02-2008, 01:10 AM
So, my character might be taking a trip to New Jersey to help her fellow werewolf defend his territory. Let me preface this by saying this guy controls the werewolf population in most of the state (which isn't a lot in comparison to the total population of Jersey, there's maybe 30 or so werewolves, but that's a lot as far as concentrated werewolf population goes in my little world).

What I need is a native of New Jersey to help me out with some hypotheticals. I need your brain storming powers of happiness and doom. Gotta bounce some ideas off of you and find out what might be realistic and what would make it too obvious that I've never been to Jersey. Will need help with the local dialect, ideas for some good locations (shady areas, good eats, blah blah), some native quirks (for instance when someone in missouri says "i'm going to the lake" it's immediately obvious to natives which lake will be visited despite the abundance of lakes in the state), and generally anything else I might think of whilst outlining.

So! Do we have some volunteers? Random Jersey comments also welcome. Leave me whatever tidbits you think might be useful!

Much <3

quickWit
12-02-2008, 01:18 AM
I've lived in Jersey my entire life and I'm at your disposal Sassee. :)

lexxi
12-02-2008, 01:26 AM
When I was growing up in NJ, we stood on line and we ate pizza pie. I don't know if those expressions are still common though.

If you're going to the beach in NJ, you go "down the shore."

Jersey Chick
12-02-2008, 01:33 AM
Jersey chick front and center for all your Jersey needs :D

Jersey Chick
12-02-2008, 01:46 AM
Here's a few to get ya started -

We loves us our diners

Slice means a slice of pizza - as does the phrase "tomato pie"

I-95 is the dividing line between North and South Jersey

The "Pike" is the NJ Turnpike

The Parkway is the Garden State Parkway

The area from about Exit 14 (Turnpike) north really does smell - BAD -

We love traffic circles, yet only a few of us are actually talented enough to negotiate them

Same with jughandles

You don't go to Camden unless you have a death wish or have lost a bet. Or you want to go to the State Aquarium (trust me, it ain't worth it)

North Jerseyans sound very New York-ish. They use "youse" as in 'hey, youse guys!"

South Jerseyans almost sound southern.

Out-of staters who clog the shore towns in the summer are known as bennies. we don't like them, but we need them, so we tolerate them. generally, they stop at every side street from Point Pleasant to Seaside (making a 15-20 minute drive easily 1 1/2 to 2 hours on a Friday afternoon in July)

Out of staters who come to the shore for the day are called "shoo-bies". We don't really like them, either.

(and by not like, I mean, we bitch and moan about them - but only a few are really despised overall :))

The Ironbound section of Newark has some of the best food anywhere. And nothing beats a sausage and pepper sandwich up on the boards at Point Pleasant.

Point Pleasant is more family-oriented than Seaside.
Oh, and you do NOT want to get lost in the Pine Barrens at night. Ever.

Sassee
12-02-2008, 02:01 AM
The area from about Exit 14 (Turnpike) north really does smell - BAD -

Need specifics here. Wassit smell like? (And give me something very easily describable because I can't smell so... yeah. For instance telling me someone's car has that "new car smell" does nothing for me because I don't know what "new car smell" is.)

(I know, right? The person who can't smell writes about werewolves. Go figure.)


Same with jughandles

The fux is a jughandle?


You don't go to Camden unless you have a death wish or have lost a bet. Or you want to go to the State Aquarium (trust me, it ain't worth it)

The area is that good huh? What kinda peeps lives there?


Out of staters who come to the shore for the day are called "shoo-bies". We don't really like them, either.

wtf is a shoobie? lol


Oh, and you do NOT want to get lost in the Pine Barrens at night. Ever.

Why's this? Why why why? amigahd novel fodder!

quickWit
12-02-2008, 02:18 AM
Need specifics here. Wassit smell like? (And give me something very easily describable because I can't smell so... yeah. For instance telling me someone's car has that "new car smell" does nothing for me because I don't know what "new car smell" is.)

Almost like rotten eggs/methane gas. There are chemical plants on both sides of the turnpike in this area. It used to be referred to as Cancer Alley. Nice, huh? :)



The fux is a jughandle?

On a lot of multi-lane roads you can't make left turns. In order to go left you need to be in the right-hand lane and go through a looping right turn which then feeds into the road crossing the one you started on. It resembles the handle to a jug from the air.



The area is that good huh? What kinda peeps lives there?

Lots of drugs, lots of crime, lots of violence. Low income, poor housing. It's a bad scene. Actually, I think it was just ranked the 2nd most dangerous city in the country. A lot of burned out, abandoned buildings. In some parts it looks like Beirut.


wtf is a shoobie? lol

Yeah, wtf is a shoobie? I've never heard that before. :)


Why's this? Why why why? amigahd novel fodder!

The Pine Barrens is a large area of Pine growth that is rumored to be the home of the Jersey Devil. I assume that's what Jersey is referring to. Other than that I think it's pretty much the same as any isolated wooded area.

:D

Jersey Chick
12-02-2008, 05:45 AM
Need specifics here. Wassit smell like? (And give me something very easily describable because I can't smell so... yeah. For instance telling me someone's car has that "new car smell" does nothing for me because I don't know what "new car smell" is.)

(I know, right? The person who can't smell writes about werewolves. Go figure.)
It's hard to describe - think really old, rotten garbage, burned oil, burning rubber, marshland, and hint of gasoline (from all the refineries) and that's the smell of the Pike up near the Meadowlands.


The fux is a jughandle?QuickWit nailed this one. Some jughandles are real fun because you have to cross more than one lane of traffic if you wanted to make a left (say on Route 22)


The area is that good huh? What kinda peeps lives there? Your basic drug dealing, murdering thug-types. Camden is like hell on earth. Patterson, parts of Newark, and parts of Trenton are just as bad. AC (Atlantic City) is rather dodgy once you get away from the casinos, as well.


wtf is a shoobie? lol Okay, this term dates back to the mid-20th century, when New Yorkers especially, started coming to the Jersey shore on day trips. They'd pack their lunches in shoeboxes. I don't know who shortened it to shoobie, (or if that's really how it's spelled) but that's what a shoobie is.

Oh, and in NJ, you have to pay to get on 99% of the beaches. There are beach badge checkers (the beach nazis - ask anyone who's ever been kicked by one) and they'll nudge you with their foot while you're trying to relax on the beach. "Ya gotta badge?" is their battle cry.

And not every beach has a boardwalk. AFAIK, LBI (Long Beach Island) doesn't. And it's one of the best places to go,m IMHO (many summer spent there :D)


Why's this? Why why why? amigahd novel fodder!
Actually, I don't know that the Jersey Devil exists, but the Pineys do. They are the people who've lived in the Pine Barrens since the beginning of time, and from what I've heard, some real true Pineys are Deliverance-type people. As long as I can remember, we've always heard you do NOT want to be wandering the Pine Barrens lost at night. When I was a kid, my grandfather had a shore house and we'd go every weekend. The longest, most lonely stretch of Rt 539 was through the Pine Barrens and my mom drove a Ford POS. I'd nearly pass out with praying we didn't break down in that stretch.

Of course that was 25-30 years ago (egads!), so it might be a lot more built up by now. I haven't been there in a loooooong time.

quickWit
12-02-2008, 07:37 AM
Actually, I don't know that the Jersey Devil exists, but the Pineys do. They are the people who've lived in the Pine Barrens since the beginning of time, and from what I've heard, some real true Pineys are Deliverance-type people. As long as I can remember, we've always heard you do NOT want to be wandering the Pine Barrens lost at night. When I was a kid, my grandfather had a shore house and we'd go every weekend. The longest, most lonely stretch of Rt 539 was through the Pine Barrens and my mom drove a Ford POS. I'd nearly pass out with praying we didn't break down in that stretch.

Of course that was 25-30 years ago (egads!), so it might be a lot more built up by now. I haven't been there in a loooooong time.

LOL! The Jersey Devil is the greatest ghost story going for campers in the Pine Barrens, but little more than that (although you'll still find plenty of Pineys that swear one of their relatives have encountered the beast). Actually, 539 south of 195 is still very rural for the most part. It is definitely not a place you want to break down, that's true.

As far as Pineys go, I don't think they're any more or less harmful than any other people living in the state. If anything, they'd be considered a bit 'uneducated' or backwards by todays standards, but that's about it.

Just my opinion, of course. :)

C.bronco
12-02-2008, 07:41 AM
As you wish! :)
I've been here since 1986.

Here, in Morris County, natives don't really have accents. I'm originally from CT, and people speak similarly in this area.

C.bronco
12-02-2008, 07:42 AM
Let's go to a diner and get some taylor ham and cheese sandwiches on hard rolls. I'll need the ketchup bottle.

C.bronco
12-02-2008, 07:47 AM
Need specifics here. Wassit smell like? !
The Meadowlands smells like Staten Island.

What town is exit 14? I rarely go on the turnpike. I like 287 - a non-toll road!

North Jersey and South Jersey are two separate entities. Central Jersey is more like North Jersey (re: traffic, lifestyle etc.).

Barb D
12-02-2008, 09:44 AM
It is illegal to pump your own gas in NJ. ALL gas stations are full service. And yet the gas prices aren't any higher there.

Jersey Chick
12-02-2008, 06:01 PM
Taylor ham????? (C. bronco - you non-native, you ;))

We call it pork roll :D

Certain grass-roots types have been trying to get being able to pump your own gas on a ballot for years. I don't get it. I don't want to pump my own gas. :D

One more thing - if you're driving on a multi-lane road, and you're in the left-most lane, and not going at least 10 mph over the speed limit, we will honk and give you the finger and refer to you as A Left-Lane Dick. :D

C.bronco
12-02-2008, 07:38 PM
Ah, yet I have served it in many diners in Morris County, where the locals call it Taylor Ham. The kids like french fries with cheese and gravy.

Sassee
12-02-2008, 07:51 PM
One more thing - if you're driving on a multi-lane road, and you're in the left-most lane, and not going at least 10 mph over the speed limit, we will honk and give you the finger and refer to you as A Left-Lane Dick. :D

Be warned, people of Jersey -- never drive in the Denver metro area. The left lane is, without fail, the slowest lane of them all (this is true whether your side of the road is 2 lanes or 5).


Also, which would be more fun / interesting for me to work with? A pack that's located nearer to Newark/Jersey City or a pack that's closer to Philly on the Jersey side? Is there a well-known suburb you'd like to see have a werewolf infestation?

*squints at map*

Hmm, maybe closer to Newark, though by proxy that werewolf territory might spill into NYC proper and that might be a leeeeeeeetle too big of an area for me to fake familiarity with.

*squints some more*

Or should I stick them somewhere in between those areas? Coastal? Probably a better question to ask is are there any semi-open areas within 1-2 hours driving distance of any of those cities? Like, someplace a wolf could sneak around that's not in a huge city (inside the city they'd probably just pretend to be someone's vanity pets or big strays).

Dang, this is a lil' more difficult than I anticipated.

lexxi
12-02-2008, 07:56 PM
For wolves, your best bet would probably be Sussex County in the northwest corner of the state.

Sassee
12-02-2008, 08:06 PM
For wolves, your best bet would probably be Sussex County in the northwest corner of the state.

I don't want them to be completely rural, though (is that area rural?). They do need to at least be in/near a suburb of a larger city. Or are you suggesting that as my run-around place for the full moon?

Jersey Chick
12-02-2008, 08:18 PM
Hunterdon County might work well - you've got the country, but you've got Flemington as well, which is more built up.

Heck, settle 'em right in good ol' Somerset County (where I call home)- we've got rural and urban and I could give you any info you needed. :D We're smack between Philly and NYC.

Taylor Ham, with french fries, cheese, and gravy? I knew Morris County really wasn't part of NJ - down here, it's pork roll, egg and cheese (sometimes w/ketchup, but I think that's gross) ;)

lexxi
12-02-2008, 08:18 PM
I don't want them to be completely rural, though (is that area rural?). They do need to at least be in/near a suburb of a larger city. Or are you suggesting that as my run-around place for the full moon?

It's pretty rural, but they could go to Passaic to wreak some more urban /suburban havoc.

The whole state is not very big.

brainstrains
12-02-2008, 08:27 PM
Hey, I was a Beach Bitch, as we badge checkers prefer to be called. :) And we called tourists BENNYs (anyone from Bronx, Elizabeth, Newark, or NY).

Sassee, I am a native. I'm from the north, my husband's from the south... so if you need anything, just ask! Personally I would like to see a werewolf infestation in Lambertville, or one of the other Delaware River towns. They just need one.

Jersey Chick
12-02-2008, 08:31 PM
Oooh... they'd fit right in in Lambertville!

(we used to call you badge checkers the Beach Gestapo) :D

Sassee
12-02-2008, 08:32 PM
Heck, settle 'em right in good ol' Somerset County (where I call home)- we've got rural and urban and I could give you any info you needed. :D We're smack between Philly and NYC.

You masochistic person you! Do you realize what you're doing by volunteering to be my information source? ;)

Sassee
12-02-2008, 08:32 PM
Lambertville, eh?

Oh hey, whats the drive time from there to Trenton?

quickWit
12-02-2008, 08:36 PM
Hey, I was a Beach Bitch, as we badge checkers prefer to be called.


(we used to call you badge checkers the Beach Gestapo) :D

We just call them aggravating. (No offense, brains) :D

Jersey Chick
12-02-2008, 08:38 PM
Trenton to Lambertville isn't far - about 30-40 minutes, I think. My brother lives in Flemington, and we go from there to see Trenton Thunder baseball games all the time and I don't think it takes much longer than 45 minutes with afternoon traffic.

I don't mind, Sass. I'm quite fond of my home state. I'll share what I know with anyone who wants to know about it. :D

Sassee
12-02-2008, 09:11 PM
So what's the general demographic of Lambertville? Example -- denver area + surrounding has a lot of hispanic and scott-irish/northern EU populations. KC area has more germanic and black populations. (not to say either of these areas is SOLELY those populations, but they're more prevalent)

Heresay tells me there's lotta Italian descendants up there in Joyzee, but I'd need confirmation of that. (though my alpha was already named Tony anyway) Also, is Lambertville an older or younger or sort of baby boomer population? Need to know my age range for the rest of the pack. I mean, wiki gives me some general census information from like y2k but that helps me almost none. About the only info that's really useful to me is that it looks like Lambertville is a small town (is it considered a suburb of anything?).

brainstrains
12-02-2008, 10:27 PM
We just call them aggravating. (No offense, brains) :D

Ha, yeah, I would too if I was on the other side of the law :) But don't you worry, I have my scars-- I still have the WORST farmer's tan ever from that job.

Yeah, you can get right to Lambertville from Trenton driving up 29-- say in, 25 minutes?

Lambertville is now a bit of a tourist town, like its neighbor-over-the-river, New Hope. It used to be a blue-collar town which is why the typical house is a row-home, and the housing prices were typically cheaper than most of Hunterdon county. But there are a lot of young and hip (just out of college) artists living there, some pretty swank shops, River Horse brewery, etc. It's really now a mish-mosh of all backgrounds-- and very gay-friendly because of New Hope's large gay population.

We go to eat at Lambertville Station every so often, which is the train station-turned-restaurant.

Jersey Chick
12-02-2008, 11:07 PM
I think you tend to find more Italian-types in the Bayonne area. Possibly Trenton (it was AFAIK pretty heavily Italian once upon a time, I don't know if that's still the case, though). If you wanted a heavily Italian, small town - Raritan's your place. It's only about 20 minutes east of Flemington.

Newark has a high Portuguese population (or used to - the Ironbound is primarily Portuguese)

Cybernaught
12-02-2008, 11:22 PM
Been in Jersey all my life.

If you're writing about Jersey, you've "gotta have a WaWa." This makes sense if you live here.

And it's not going to the beach, it's going "down the shore."

A LOT of Italians in South Jersey up through Wayne. Mostly "South Philly" Italian types. The more Brooklyn types are up North. Yes, there's a difference between South Jersey and New York Italians, oddly enough.

South Jersey and North Jersey should be separate states. Central Jersey doesn't exist for all immediate purposes.

NJ Transit sucks.

If you live in South Jersey and you like the New Jersey Devils, you will be shot. Likewise, no matter how shitty the Eagles and other Philly teams are, if you don't like them, you will be shot. If not shot, seriously maimed by an overweight Italian.

The Giant's stadium is in North Jersey for some reason.

We really own the Statue of Liberty.

Some slang:

"gotta" always takes the place of "Got to."

"Where yat?" always takes the place of "Where are you?"

Likewise, "Jeet yet?" for, "Have you eaten yet?"

"How ya doin'" for "How are you?"

"Youz guys," for "You guys." Guys is also a uni-sex term.

Yeah, I can't believe I live here.

Sassee
12-02-2008, 11:27 PM
Lambertville is now a bit of a tourist town, like its neighbor-over-the-river, New Hope. It used to be a blue-collar town which is why the typical house is a row-home, and the housing prices were typically cheaper than most of Hunterdon county. But there are a lot of young and hip (just out of college) artists living there, some pretty swank shops, River Horse brewery, etc. It's really now a mish-mosh of all backgrounds-- and very gay-friendly because of New Hope's large gay population.

Excellent, sounds like a good place for some werewolves to blend into the population. Are there any local steakhouses, burger joints, or bbq places (heh, I know, it's new england) that are pretty popular hangouts in or around Lambertville? Semi-popular? How about that brewery?

As far as Trenton goes, does anyone know the major gangs around there? I need to know who this pack might intimidate into some sort of general "understanding" between groups. It may be important for a side conflict (I say this as the light bulb just goes off in my head).

Don't say I didn't warn yoos guys ;) The questions have only just begun...

dirtsider
12-02-2008, 11:30 PM
Yeah, Lambertville is pretty much a straight-line up Rt. 29 from Trenton. And yeah, it's a tourist trap these days. It's also pretty close to Rt 31 (toward Pennington) and Rt. 202 (toward Flemington). Other landmarks are the Howell Living History Farm (has sheep if the wolves get hungry) and the Golden Nugget, a flea market, as well as the Washington Crossing Parks on both sides of the River. Hmm. That would be fun - involve the Rev War Reenactors. lol

That's pretty much the area I go to on many weekends, although I know New Hope better than Lambertville. Let me know if you need anything.

Jersey Chick
12-02-2008, 11:36 PM
There are also alpaca farms out that way. Alpacas might make for some good eatin'. :D

I'd have to look into gangs in Trenton - it's a fairly diverse population.

IHeartWriting
12-02-2008, 11:40 PM
Hey, I gotta side with C. Bronco -- as a lifelong resident of North Jersey, it's TAYLOR HAM (with egg and cheese on a roll for me) up here.

If someone in North Jersey say's they're going to "the city" they're going to NYC -- but my sister lives in South Jersey and when she say's she's going to the city, she's going to Philly. Which basically means there are no "cities" of note in Jersey.

Also, Jersey is a small state, so within a couple of hours of driving you can go from the ocean, to NYC, to the mountains.

While people like to make fun of the The Garden State, there are some really beautiful areas here. I often seen deer (and the occassional bear) outside my window and I live five minutes away from a working farm. Of course I can also be in NYC in about an hour where I can see all sorts of differenet animals....

Cybernaught
12-02-2008, 11:40 PM
The Crips have a heavy presence in Trenton. Yeah, they're still around for some reason.

Cybernaught
12-02-2008, 11:42 PM
Yeah, the "city" in South Jersey is Philly. Or Atlantic City. But generally if you're going to Atlantic City you say, "I'm going to A.C."

We don't know what the hell a "Hero" or a "Sub" is. It's a Hoagie.

Cybernaught
12-02-2008, 11:45 PM
that are pretty popular hangouts in or around Lambertville? Semi-popular? How about that brewery?

Everyone goes to WaWa around Jersey. White Castle is sort of popular too.

Jersey Chick
12-02-2008, 11:45 PM
I'm also a native (born and raised in the same town where I live now) and I've never called it Taylor Ham - nor has anyone I know from these parts. Technically, I'm in North Jersey - though it is also called Central Jersey (depends on who you talk to)

"the city" for us is NY

AC is Atlantic City

The shore - is anywhere from Sandy Hook to Cape May.

There is no hoagie here - it's a sub

Cybernaught
12-02-2008, 11:47 PM
IThere is no hoagie here - it's a sub
Like I said, separate states. :D

Jersey Chick
12-02-2008, 11:48 PM
Absolutely :D

Cybernaught
12-02-2008, 11:52 PM
What the hell is Taylor Ham? Pork Roll and Cheese.

brainstrains
12-03-2008, 12:02 AM
I'm also a native (born and raised in the same town where I live now) and I've never called it Taylor Ham - nor has anyone I know from these parts.

My grandfather lived in Seaside and he used to make them all the time-- that orange package said Taylor Ham, but we knew it as a pork roll.

And ooh yes-- Howell Living History Farm would be a great place for the local werewolves to find themselves some sheep.

There's this place on the river, outside of Lambertville on the way to Trenton, that changes hands every few years-- it's now called It's Nutts! but it was once called Fifty's. I swear, it is PACKED all the time-- like they are giving away food. They have burgers and ice cream and stuff.

There are a few pizza, deli and ice cream places along the main drag, before the bridge to New Hope. Lambertville Station has a bar. I believe the River Horse Brewery just sells beer-- it's not a restaurant. There's Triumph Brewery-- over the bridge in New Hope. Many people who live in Lambertville just take the walk over.

As far as gangs in Trenton, I'm sure there are some, but I'm not familiar with them.

Cybernaught
12-03-2008, 12:06 AM
My grandfather lived in Seaside and he used to make them all the time-- that orange package said Taylor Ham, but we knew it as a pork roll
As far as I'm concerned, WaWa calls them Pork Roll. If WaWa says so, it must be.

brainstrains
12-03-2008, 12:08 AM
As far as I'm concerned, WaWa calls them Pork Roll. If WaWa says so, it must be.

I agree, WaWa is the all-knowing sage around these parts.

Jersey Chick
12-03-2008, 12:17 AM
The World According to WaWa - :D

I remember before there were WaWas in my part of the state - they were (again, AFAIK) a south Jersey phenomena that got leaked to the rest of the state :D

Cybernaught
12-03-2008, 12:17 AM
I agree, WaWa is the all-knowing sage around these parts.
That it is. That it is.

Cybernaught
12-03-2008, 12:18 AM
The World According to WaWa - :D

I remember before there were WaWas in my part of the state - they were (again, AFAIK) a south Jersey phenomena that got leaked to the rest of the state :D
Aw man, a time before WaWa? WHAT?! Absurdity!

Jersey Chick
12-03-2008, 12:18 AM
Yep. Somerset Farms was the WaWa before the WaWa.

Oh, and Cumberland Farms as well - I don't even know if there are any of those around anymore. :(

Cybernaught
12-03-2008, 12:20 AM
Cumberland Farms. Ah, there are two near me.

brainstrains
12-03-2008, 12:23 AM
Cumberland Farms. Ah, there are two near me.

Yes, I know of one, too. Does anyone remember Krauzer's? And of course, we have our 7-E's. But nothing beats the WaWa.

Jersey Chick
12-03-2008, 12:29 AM
We still have a Krauzer's and a 7-11. And Quik Chek. And a WaWa.

And a CVS Pharmacy every ten feet.

Cybernaught
12-03-2008, 12:30 AM
Yes, I know of one, too. Does anyone remember Krauzer's? And of course, we have our 7-E's. But nothing beats the WaWa.
Can't say I do. And I like 7-E too for their Chili Dogs, but WaWa for the essentials.

Sassee
12-03-2008, 01:30 AM
Okay, wtf is WaWa? Is that short for something? (lookit! can you tell I'm a Jersey noob???)

Jersey Chick
12-03-2008, 01:36 AM
A WaWa is a convenience store - like 7-11 or Quik Chek. Open 24/7. Sells all kinds of stuff.

Cybernaught
12-03-2008, 04:06 AM
Okay, wtf is WaWa? Is that short for something? (lookit! can you tell I'm a Jersey noob???)

:Jaw:

Jersey Chick
12-03-2008, 04:14 AM
Now, now - not everyone's lucky enough to be stuck live here. ;)

Chase
12-03-2008, 04:49 AM
I spent a whole day at Fort Dix getting discharged from the army before being deported to Montana, so I'm an expert on New Jersey.

Couldn't understand a word anyone said.

Jersey Chick
12-03-2008, 05:22 AM
I used to get stuck behind Army traffic on Rt 539. And Air Force - Fort Dix Army Base and McGuire AFB were hidden somewhere's along the way.

:D

Sassee
12-04-2008, 09:37 PM
So what airport would my character fly into if she was going to visit Lambertville? What's the best traffic route? Is there a better time of the day to land? (I mean, other than the obvious "avoid rush hour")

quickWit
12-04-2008, 09:42 PM
So what airport would my character fly into if she was going to visit Lambertville? What's the best traffic route? Is there a better time of the day to land? (I mean, other than the obvious "avoid rush hour")

Most flights come into Newark (Newark Liberty International Airport, though no one I know actually calls it that. It's simply 'Newark').

I wouldn't be much help with the traffic aspect of your question, being from the southern part of the state. I'm sure Jersey can help you though. :)

dirtsider
12-04-2008, 09:55 PM
Philadelphia Airport is another option. That's right off of Route 95. (I know this because a friend and I missed our exit off of 95 and had to turn around using the exit to the airport.) That's more of a straight line up to Lambertville. Or if your MC is going via a small plane/puddlejumper, the Trenton/Mercer Airport is another option. That's also pretty close to 95. And if you want to screw with your MC's head a bit, Rt 95 turns into Rt 295 at the Rt 1 exit. That may not seem like much on paper but in reality - 95 North turns into 295 South at that point and visverca. This is the point where you might want to buy a map for both NJ (Mercer County) and PA (Bucks County).

Jersey Chick
12-04-2008, 11:38 PM
Philly would probably be better, since it's probably closer. Newark is Exit 14 off the Pike (I think, I'd have to look) - almost an hour from me. Lambertville is another half hour or so west of me, which puts you at an hour and a half.

Traffic is one of life's joys around here. It's fairly easy to get out of Newark - the signs are pretty good. You'd take the Turnpike for Route 78W, which runs clear through to Phillipsburg (A bit north of Lambertville, I believe but in the same general area. I'd have to mapquest it, I don't get over that way too often)

78 is usually okay, but when it bogs down, it REALLY bogs down - usually from 7-9AM and 3:30-7pm which are the rush hours.

Oh, you have to be careful with the North/South roads. 287 South becomes 440 North and vice versa, and if you aren't careful, you end up on this road in Bayonne where you can see 287, but you can't get to it. You have to stay in Bayonne forever. Really.

dirtsider
12-05-2008, 02:05 AM
Actually, the Trenton/Mercer Airport is probably the best. It's about 30 minutes or so from Lambertville. Philadelphia is larger though and is also a big hub for US Airways.

C.bronco
12-06-2008, 05:06 AM
An old friend of mine announced a fundraiser in NJ:
http://www.nonext.org/No_Next/Happenings/Entries/2008/12/1_Asbury_Rocks.html