Being a relative USofA-ignorant-Brit, the subtlety of this very cinema-friendly gag has always been lost on me. Is New Jersey the butt of persistent jokes because Newark has the highest murder rate of the entire United States? Is it because it's such a boring place? Is it because it's proximity to the Big Apple only serves to highlight how lacking it is in excitement and bustle? I don't know if I'm way off here, but never having been to NJ, I haven't the faintest clue? I'm anyone reading doesn't know what I'm talkin about (which I doubt), the only specific case I can think of off the top of my head is the line in Die Hard: "Are you an American?" "Only if New Jersey counts." Anyone care to enlighten me?