1. Not pumping your own gas
Apparently New Jersey residents can’t be trusted to pump gas without accidentally setting a fire or two. To keep us safe, self-service gas stations have been illegal in our state since 1949. Jersey is the only place left in the US where this is still true, but we see it as a source of pride rather than cause for embarrassment.
Every attempt to reverse the ban has been strongly opposed not only because of the thousands of jobs the law creates, but also because it’s part of our culture now. Besides, what would we do with all of our “Jersey girls don’t pump their own gas” merchandise?