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|Garden State Gorgeous|
I'm from New Jersey.
There. I said it. Not ashamed of it, quite proud of it, a Jersey Girl born and bred. There's many wonderful things about this state, we have mountains and cities and 127 miles of beautiful beaches, a wilderness in the midst of a megalopolis called The Pine Barrens. Our state mammal is the horse, our state fruit is the blueberry, and our (un)offiical state song is "Born to Run." We have the densest population of any state (8 million), the poorest city (Camden), and we battle with Connecticut over who's the richest. As populated as we are, we haven't our own major TV station (even miniscule Delaware has PBS channel 12), and the channels we get are either from New York or Philadelphia - whom we get no respect from. The New York Giants play in the New Jersey Meadowlands, but they still say they're from New York. Our biggest crops are asparagus, cranberries, tomatoes (ah...sublime) and peaches, but the best thing we seem to grow in Jersey are some truly remarkable men. Shall I tell you who? All right, here goes, your Trudy's Garden State Gorgeous...
Michael Douglas, New Brunswick - Home of Johnson & Johnson, Rutgers University and one supremely sexy voice.
Ed Harris, Englewood - Never a tighter John Glenn in that spacesuit.
Ray Liotta, Newark - Who wants to know just how good a fellow he is?
Jack Nicholson, Neptune - A legend. Enough said.
Derek Jeter, Pequannock - Who doesn't love a man in uniform?
Shaquille O'Neal, Newark - Ditto, ditto.
Paul Rudd, Passaic - Those eyes - those eyes!
Bruce Springsteen, Freehold - <sigh> Your Trudy has a special story about him....
John Travolta, Englewood - Who ever looked better in a white suit?
Bruce Willis, Penns Grove - My South Jersey boy never made a sweaty chest look better than when he took off his teeshirt in 'Pulp Fiction.'
Jon Bon Jovi, Sayreville - How many of you had him as your high school crush?
Dennis Rodman, Trenton - I'm sure Madge could tell you a thing or two.
BONUS!! - The Jonas Brothers, Wyckoff - (????) I guess you'll have to ask your daughters about this one.
HALL OF FAME - Frank Sinatra, Hoboken - Ask your mother or your grandmother, as some things never go out of time.
There's more, of course. Hundreds, I'm sure. Which makes it so easy for me to create the fictional. Next one on my schedule will be Congressman Jack Falco in the upcoming The Ladies' Choice, due this summer, first introduced in my second book in the Riverboro series, Long, Hard & Lethal. Do you think that book was hot? Oh, dear readers, your Trudy was just getting started!