With all due respect to Reed Gusciora — a great friend of Blue Jersey and a great legislator — Al Gore lost my vote today.
I went to the Live Earth concert site to see what was up, and saw this image:
But there are no Live Earth concerts in New York. And anyone who goes to New York to see a Live Earth concert today is going to be really fricking disappointed because the show will be across the Hudson River in New Jersey!
Anyone who wants to be President of the United States of America — and Al says he isn’t running but isn’t ruling it out — should know the difference between New York and New Jersey. It’s a little petty thing, but it’s for real.
The fact is that New York isn’t good enough to have done a show like this. If New York could have put on the show, they probably would have. But New Jersey was ready with the venue, the crowd, the security and everything.
And New Jersey passed and signed into law a tough emissions bill yesterday — and Al Gore was there!. In fact, Governor Corzine held off signing the bill until yesterday to do it in concert with the concert, to help Al Gore’s effort to get the message out. But that’s not good enough to have Al’s concert respect our borders for the purposes of an environmental concert.
It seems like every time something great happens in the Garden State our neighbors to the North and West get the credit. But every time something bad happens, it turns New Jersey into a late night joke fest again.
This hurts our tourism, our ability to draw businesses, our economy, our reputation, etc. It’s about time that New Jersey be respected as the great state it is.
We’ve got the shore, the casinos, the Pine Barrens, the Delaware Water Gap, Fort Dix, Bruce Springsteen, the Giants, the Jets, an incredibly high per-capita income, Joan Jett, Round Valley, the Great Swamp, Bruce Willis, Cape May, Albert Einstein, Princeton, Woodrow Wilson, Thomas Edison, etc., etc., etc.
We invented the lightbulb, the telegraph, the telephone, patent leather, the electric motor, the record player, moving pictures, the transistor, the cell phone, the laser, cheez whiz, etc., etc., etc. For
It was in New Jersey that the lost cause of the American revolution turned in 1776 when Washington and his troops routed the Hessians at Trenton then marched up Quaker Road to Princeton and put a hurt on the British. When the Continental Congress had to flee Philadelphia because the PA militia couldn’t hold the city, our founders came to New Jersey.
If Al Gore can’t respect the Garden State enough to admit that his biggest American show is in Jersey, then he’s lost my vote. I’m damned proud to be from New Jersey, and am sick of being called by another state’s name.