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New York Blames New Jersey for Stench

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Posted on Jan 10, 2007
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original: virtualtourist.com / alteration: Peter Scheer

This image has been altered—the stench over New York was not visible.

After a mysterious odor blanketed Manhattan this week, New Yorkers immediately turned to the usual suspect, blaming New Jersey for the sulfurous smell. The Garden State was not amused, particularly since there’s no hard evidence, as of yet, that the origin was in New Jersey.


AP via Washington Post:

It’s what New Yorkers like to say when they get a whiff of something funky: “Must be New Jersey.” They said it again this week when a mysterious gas-like odor wafted across Manhattan and New Jersey. To which some indignant New Jerseyans said it’s the New Yorkers who are smelling up the joint.

The source of the stink remained a mystery Tuesday, as well as a rich source of juvenile jokes about New Jersey—and New York, too.

“You know what you call New York with a bad smell? New Jersey,” Jay Leno wisecracked. And Conan O’Brien killed with this: “Apparently, New Yorkers knew something was wrong because it smelled bad when they got OUT of their taxis.

Charles Sturcken, a spokesman for the city Department of Environmental Protection, said initial complaints about the sulfurous, rotten-egg smell indicated that it emanated from south and west of the city. That would place it in—surprise!—New Jersey.

But Garden State officials, tired of Jersey-bashing and industrial waste jokes, were quick to charge New Yorkers with prematurely blaming their long-time neighbors for the Monday morning stench that produced scores of 911 calls, disrupted transit service and sent a dozen people to the hospital.

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By Miriam, January 16, 2007 at 11:50 pm Link to this comment
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Quirky Nostradamus quatrain…

” Garden of the world near the New City, in the road of the hollow mountains (skyscrapers?). It will be seized and plunged in the tank, forced to drink water poisoned with sulphur.”

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By Toby, January 11, 2007 at 4:32 pm Link to this comment
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I’m with Exit116 (Comment #46857 )

The roasting coffee, the Hudson River, the exhaust fumes, the sewage, the salt air, the wonderful odors that are North Bergen on the Hudson.

Gosh I miss it!

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By Rodney Matthews, January 11, 2007 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment
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That smell had to come from Donald Trump’s breath and hair spray and Rosie O’Donnel’s fat ass. What a funky combination.

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By Karl Reimer, January 11, 2007 at 2:02 pm Link to this comment
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New Jersey environs close to the city should get used to being blamed by NYC.  Easy to blame others who in NYC’s mindset perhaps don’t quite measure up???

Kind of like when the big blackout occurred in northeast NA in 2003, Canada was immediately blamed as being the cause of the problem.  But it was finally determined to have occurred in Ohio somewhere.

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By Sam Thornton, January 11, 2007 at 1:52 pm Link to this comment
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Blaming New Jersey for a big stink? Always appropriate and true on so many levels.

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By Mad as Hell, January 11, 2007 at 12:10 pm Link to this comment
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New Yorkers love to make fun of New Jersey.  Make’s ‘em think they live someplace nice. 
Like they have real grass not concrete when they come out in morning. 
Like the sirens and horns and truck engines they sleep to were really crickets, owls or the sound of snow falling softly.
Like they know how to drive.
Like they have better pizza—folks, paying twice as much doesn’t make it better!
Like they have better schools.
Like they can see the stars on a clear night.
Like Hoboken isn’t becoming the trendiest place to live in the region. (whoda thunk?)
Like gas doesn’t cost $.25 less per gallon.
Like they don’t have to buy a subway ticket to get to Central Park just to see a blade of real grass.

According to them, our state bird is the mosquito, our state flower is poison ivy, our state’s nickname is “The Jug-handle State”, and our state motto is “Fuggeddaboudit”.

Maybe the smell meant the alligators in the sewers had stopped them all up.

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By Exit116, January 11, 2007 at 12:48 am Link to this comment
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It’s simple… All the methane gas trapped under the meadowlands swamps off the NJ turnpike finally popped.

You can’t bury that many bodies in one place and expect them not to stink.

It makes me homesick.

Exit 116

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By trantieungoc, January 10, 2007 at 6:29 pm Link to this comment
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It was a big fart from the Secretary of Home Land Security. It also woke up King George then told him yelling “Terrorists Are Coming!”.

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By Quy Tran, January 10, 2007 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment
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This was Pat Robertson’s breath when he was trying to call his god.

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