I need to put this somewhere, and I don't know where else to go. I live in Jersey, born and raised. I sat in my north Jersey home as hurricane Sandy ripped my home state apart. I had no power, and I thought my world was ending. Meanwhile, down the shore, people's whole homes were literally torn from where they sat. People lost EVERYTHING. People lost their LIVES. And all I lost was power. And now I see what the shore looks like and I can't even take it. I used to go to Seaside Heights every fucking summer, and I can tell you that I rode most of the rides that are now IN THE OCEAN. I feel like a huge part of my childhood, of my home is floating in the Atlantic. I feel so broken... but proud. I'm proud because all of us are now standing together to help each other and rebuild. I heard our governor so solemn, all because HIS home was ruined too. I see my neighbors helping strangers who have nothing. And I see our will to move on. I have never been so sad to say I'm from Jersey... but at the same time, so goddamn proud. We really are Jersey Strong.
I guess you gotta be from the Garden State to get it.