Our beloved state gets some national attention tomorrow as we celebrate National New Jersey Day 2017!

According to National Day Calendar, National New Jersey Day recognizes the third state to join the Union. It's time to recognize the state I've lived my entire life in, New Jersey!

Here are some really good reasons to give a little love to the great Garden State!

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    The Boss

    I felt compelled to start this list with New Jersey's favorite son, Bruce Springsteen. I've been fortunate enough to see The Boss live multiple times. His love for our state comes through loud and clear!

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    Bon Jovi

    I guess if Bruce is number 1 then Bon Jovi has to be number 2. These two artists have done so much for the image of New Jersey. In fact, one of Bon Jovi's most famous albums is named after our state!

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    Pork Roll

    Now were getting to the good stuff. Most people who aren't from our state have no clue what pork roll is and have never tasted one of my all-time favorite sandwiches ever, pork roll, egg and lots of melted cheese!

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    Salt Water Taffy

    Here's another goody from our state. I have a hard time just eating one piece even if gets stuck between my teeth.

    A box of taffy makes a great gift and is available on any of our boardwalks!

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    While were on the subject of salt water, what's not to love about our award winning beaches. I can't think of a better way then to spend a summer day at the beach!

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    I guess this would go hand in hand with our beaches. We have some of the best boardwalks in the country including Ocean City and Wildwood!

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    You can't go far without passing a institution in New Jersey called Wawa.

    Just an FYI: You can now enjoy a FREE any size cup of delicious Wawa coffee ever Wednesday in the month of July. To get you free “cup of joe" just download the Wawa App and add a gift card to your account.

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    Craft Beer

    Now were talking! The Garden State seems to be a hot bed for new breweries popping up all over the state including Cape May.

    Janet Koelling
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    We Still Don't Pump Our Own Gas

    We still have the luxury of having a gas attendant pump our own gas.

    This does create a problem for me when I travel out of the state and need to fill-er-up. I have no clue what to do when I pull up to a pump.

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    Love of Sports

    We LOVE to root and our passionate about our favorite sports teams including the Eagles and Phillies in South Jersey and the Giants, Jets, Yankees or Mets in the North Jersey.

    Don't forget about our minor league baseball teams right here in New Jersey!

    Walter Arce