New Jersey: A Place for Golf Lovers

New Jersey: A Place for Golf Lovers

New Jersey is a great place to spend not just the summer time, but any time of the year when you feel like relaxing and being in a new environment. It has so much to offer for those who travel alone, with friends, a loved one, or even the entire family. Whatever you want, you name it and New Jersey has it. There’s no way you will get bored when you visit the place. All you have to do is relax and enjoy.

On the other hand, if you are a sport enthusiast, specifically in golf, and you worry that your vacation in New Jersey might deprive you of one thing that you dearly love. In this case, you are wrong since as mentioned, name it and you’ll have it.

If you want to enjoy playing golf while on a vacation, then you have come to the right place. New Jersey has got some of the best golf courses to play on. Below are some of them. Check them out and enjoy playing. Be sure to win!

 

Neshanic Valley

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On whichever two of the three pastoral nines (Lake, Meadow, Ridge) you prefer, you will face large fairways, but also a problem: play away from the hazards (bunkers, water and environmentally sensitive areas) or ask for them to set up an easier ensuing shot? Panelist Tom Ierubino lauds the closing three holes (Nos. 7, 8 and 9) on the Lake Course. They offer a nice mix with a short dogleg-left par-4, followed by a long par-3, and finishing with a par-5 that plays first downhill, then uphill. A dividend, says Ierubino, is that the practice tools give you the materials to work on your game like a pro.”

Town: Neshanic Station (Somerset)

Designers: Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry, 2004

Distance: 7,069 yards, Par 72

Rating: 73.8

Slope: 130

 

Twisted Dune

 

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As its name indicates, this links-style layout gives you a feel of the exotic, capped by sheltering sands and variable breezes. “Shotmaking is necessary because of the bunkers, waste areas, elevations and fescue. To say nothing of the forced carries to the dance floor, as at the 410-yard No. 14. Still, notes Canal, the course is very fair, with wide fairways and large greens. Other mitigating factors: The amenities are nice and the staff is very friendly.

Town: Egg Harbor Township (Atlantic)

Designer: Archie Struthres, 2001

Distance: 7,248 yards, Par 72

Rating: 74.9

Slope: 130

 

Atlantic City Country Club

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Just cool- this is how panelist Sean Fitzsimmons describes this history-soaked course, host to three U.S. Women’s Opens and most recently redesigned by Tom Doak in 1999. The alleged birthplace of the term “birdie” can be stingy in yielding them; its comparatively modest length relies on the staunch bunkering of many greens and the stiff winds to hone its claws. “The course opens with a long, demanding par-5,” says panelist Fred Behringer, “and closes with a notable par-4 leading to the clubhouse,” whose old-school interior is spartan wood. On the back nine, savor the spectacular views of Atlantic City across the bay.

Town: Northfield (Atlantic)

Designer: John Reid, 1897; Tom Doak, 1999

Distance: 6,577 yards, Par 70

Rating: 72.3

Slope: 133

 

Scotland Run

 

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The sand quarry on which Scotland Run was created is much in evidence at what panelist Merrell Noden terms the “wildest and wooliest” layout of our Top 10. “The front isn’t so dramatic, but it’s a good warm-up for the back,” he says. Then, hang on. “The back nine has one mind-blowing hole after another,” Noden says, citing “raised greens fronted by walls of railroad ties, blind shots, and at No. 16, a risk-reward par-4 where you drive over the biggest trap I’ve ever seen. The last time I played it, there was literally a crashed small plane at the bottom of this bunker.” You’ll find solace in the club’s “good food,” Noden says.

Town: Williamstown (Gloucester)

Designer: Stephen Kay, 1999

Distance: 6,810 yards, Par 71

Rating: 73.3

Slope: 134

 

Wild Turkey

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Sister club at Crystal Springs Resort to Ballyowen and similarly picturesque, Wild Turkey has two looks: ridge and basin. The latter includes much of the back nine, which has a panoramic arena feel. The two most dramatic and dizzying holes are one-shotters: The par-3 10th is a 218-yarder that drops straight down. (Play it about 20 yards less than it says on the card, and factor in wind.) “On the tee you feel like a skydiver poised to jump into the void, hoping to land on this postage stamp below,” says panelist Eric Levin. Tough forced carries (as over water at the other signature par-3, the 7th) are offset by wide fairways and landing areas, making Wild Turkey a sweeping test you’ll enjoy taking.

Town: Hardyston (Sussex)

Designer: Roger Rulewich, 2001

Distance: 7,202 yards, Par 72

Rating: 74.8

Slope: 131

 

Ballyowen

 

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Tucked alluringly like a sucker pin in northwest New Jersey’s Highlands region is a golfing Brigadoon. Literally and figuratively, Ballyowen is on a plateau. The elements-style layout is not the longest course you can play in the Garden State, nor the most iconic. But it is certainly the damnedest—and the most intoxicating.

The first thing you see when you approach on Wheatcroft Road (blink and you might miss the turn) is that the 250-acre tract is all but treeless—wide open. Do not be fooled. In summer, when the dry is up and the fescue could graze the outstretched hand of a Parkway toll taker, you’d best pack a mess o’ balls. There are 71 bunkers, usually in the most diabolical spots. Dunes and mounds often have you shooting blind. Fairway hummocks produce uneven lies. Random elevation changes, especially on approach shots, make the yardage on the card moot. The shallow green of the par-3 No. 6 pinches your choices: Take enough club to make it over the water in front, but not so much you land in the gnarly gorse in back.

The main challenge is the sinuous design. Ballyowen’s longer holes, notes panel member Lisa Lifer, “mix bombs-away with target golf.” Looking from the tee of the par-5 10th, you face a long carry to the diagonally positioned fairway, which moves left and downhill. Long-hitting righties will be attracted to aim a left-curving draw over the bunkers to cut the corner and set up a simpler second shot. Pull it off, you are rewarded. Come up short, you’re in purgatory.

Many players point to No. 7, a 473-yard, dogleg-right par-4 with water hugging the right side all the way to the hole, as Ballyowen’s most breathtaking. “It requires a good drive, which still leaves you with a mid-to-long approach, a special challenge when the flag is on the right,” says Lifer. Only one hole—the par-4 14th—can be vaguely labeled as “straightforward.” But as Lifer says, “even with a good drive, the approach is long and can be a blind shot. You have to have faith in your alignment and go for it.”

It doesn’t get easier when you pull out the putter. While not necessarily quick, the greens often are large, multitiered and filled with subtle swells and breaks. On the par-5 17th, if you land on the upper-left part of the surface and the pin is front right, you’ll need to negotiate a humpback. Putt just past the crest, and gravity may take the ball to the hole—or past it. So there’s a premium on placing the ball on the correct level. Lots of luck!

Perhaps the major challenge (besides maintaining a vigilantly enforced 4 1/2-hour pace of play) is to not get distracted by the surroundings. From the high 14th green, you spy a glorious panorama of flags whipping (yes, it gets windy with so few trees) on half a dozen holes. At sunset in the summer, a bagpiper skirls next to the handsome clubhouse, whose restaurant serves half a dozen beers on draft. Like the single-malt Scotches stocked there, Ballyowen may take more than one sip to fully appreciate. But we bet you’ll be back for another taste.

Town: Hamburg (Sussex)

Designer: Roger Rulewich, 1998

Distance: 7,094 yards, Par 72

Rating: 73.6

Slope: 131

 

 

The Architects

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The conceit: Each hole is built in the style of a classic designer (Banks, Ross, Tillinghast, et al). “The course flows together in a way that a golfer unaware of the concept might not even notice,” says panelist Harry Goett approvingly. Architects also breaks you in gently, with two medium-length par-5s: uncomplicated, 509-yard, pot-bunkered No. 1, in the manner of Old Tom Morris, and strategy-filled, 521-yard No. 3, styled after Hugh Wilson. Goett favors yet another par-5, No. 13, on which a creek fronts the green—as it does at Alister MacKenzie’s 13th at Augusta National. Except you can’t play the Masters at these rates: a reasonable $99 on weekends.

Town: Phillipsburg (Warren)

Designer: Stephen Kay, 2001

Distance: 6,863 yards, Par 71

Rating: 72.5

Slope: 131

 

Hominy Hill

 

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Beautifully maintained for such a heavily played track, hallowed Hominy “is a bombardment of the golf senses,” declares panelist Tom Pranio. “Hardly any shot is uncomplicated, and even on the par-3s, the greens are large and tricky enough to give the average player fits and the better player cause for concentration. When you hit it in the rough, it sometimes takes Herculean feats of strength to liberate yourself.” Three of the course’s toughest holes are par-5s (in escalating order of difficulty, Nos. 17, 4 and 14), all of which get testier when the breeze comes from the south.

Town: Colts Neck (Monmouth)

Designer: Robert Trent Jones, 1964

Distance: 7,049 yards, Par 72

Rating: 74.2

Slope: 131

 

Royce Brook (East)

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As well groomed as the members’-only West Course, the East Course (the public half of Royce Brook’s 36-hole complex) offers tree-lined as well as open-meadow holes—and a fascinating variety of problems to solve. Tom Ierubino points to Nos. 7, 8 and 9: a double-dogleg par-5, a picturesque par-3 whose tee shot must be hit through a wooded chute to a large green, and a dogleg-left on which the golfer must decide how much of the rough to carry to reach the fairway. The bunkers are many and large. However the course treats you, at the end you return happily to a superb clubhouse with excellent food.

Town: Hillsborough (Somerset)

Designer: Steve Smyers, 1998

Distance: 6,946 yards, Par 72

Rating: 73.6

Slope: 132

 

Heron Glen

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As well groomed as the members’-only West Course, the East Course (the public half of Royce Brook’s 36-hole complex) offers tree-lined as well as open-meadow holes—and a delightful variety of problems to solve. Tom Ierubino points to Nos. 7, 8 and 9: a double-dogleg par-5, a beautiful par-3 whose tee shot must be hit through a wooded chute to a large green, and a dogleg-left on which the golfer must decide how much of the rough to carry to reach the fairway. The bunkers are many and large. However the course treats you, at the end you return happily to a magnificent clubhouse with great food.

Town: Ringoes (Hunterdon)

Designer: Dan Schlegel, 2002

Distance: 7,065 yards, Par 72

Rating: 74.1

Slope: 137

There you have it, a list of golf courses you can visit and play golf with your friends or family members. For sure, you will check out one or two of the above listed golf courses. Have fun playing.

 

Great Catch: New Jersey Shore Fishing

Great Catch: New Jersey Shore Fishing

Heading down the Shore could mean you’ll be eating a great slice of pizza, partying the night away or relaxing on the beach. But it could also mean you’re going to try to catch a big fish.

 

Fishing is great way to create lasting memories, make new friends, reacquaint yourself with your olds ones, or spend a relaxing day on the water to recharge yourself. Some of the best and most diverse year-round fishing is at the Jersey Shore. With the Gulf Stream, the Hudson River Flow and the Delaware River Flow, the Jersey Shore produces a wide variety of species, such as bluefish, striped bass, fluke, weakfish and more. The Atlantic Ocean itself is blessed with abundance in marine life.

New Jersey fishing is often a surf-casting experience, which is a low cost method of fishing. Although the results can vary depending on the day and location, some of the more successful results can be found off of the beaches at Bradley Beach, Asbury Park, Loch Arbour, Wildwood and Long Beach Island.

Anglers can surf cast from selected beaches or enjoy fishing the inlets. There are many party boats that operate half-day, full-day and nighttime out of marinas on the Jersey Shore. Marinas can be found in Cape May, Wildwood, Long Beach Island, Atlantic City, Sea Bright, Belmar, Brielle, Point Pleasant and Seaside. Visitors may enjoy a few hours of blue fishing on the Atlantic or even an overnight big game fishing trip by means of a party boat.

 

New Jersey Marinas

 

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Most of New Jersey’s coastal communities offer excellent saltwater fishing in bays close to shore and in the Atlantic Ocean waters. Marinas provide both residents and visitors the ability to explore a host of water related recreational activities here in Jersey Shore. There are marinas either in or nearby every New Jersey Shore town. Almost all marinas have party boats, bait and tackle shops and parking for fishermen.

The larger New Jersey marinas are located in Belmar, Cape May, Point Pleasant, Atlantic City and Long Beach Island with smaller marinas in Wildwood, Brielle, Sea Bright, Brick and Neptune. The Bayhead Yacht Club is a one-of-a-kind. It is a private club founded by Princeton University alumnae with a penchant for water-related activities.

 

 

NJ Fishing Party Boats

 

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Party boats are a great way for inexperienced fishers to try their hand at angling or for traveling fishers to get a quick ocean fix using tackle and bait that most boats provide. You can take a half-day or full-day party boat excursion. The exhilaration of salt air, sunshine and the natural beauty of the New Jersey Shore will go a long way toward relaxing the most tightly wound vacationer or day tripper. Most NJ fishing party boats will require a reservation on weekends and holidays.

Some boats have age restrictions but most will accommodate the younger anglers. Perhaps a half-day cruise is best to start. A pre-embarking checklist might include a small amount of motion sickness medication. Check for age restrictions, have fun and enjoy the thrill of a freshly caught dinner.

 

New Jersey Bait and Tackle

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New Jersey Shore bait and tackle shops provide not only the appropriate bait and accessories you’ll need, but also up-to-date fishing reports. The bait and tackle shops at the Jersey Shore also give advice on where the best fishing locations are and what type of fish are currently biting.

 

New Jersey Fishing Regulations and Fishing License

 

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For recreational fishing, it is important to know that no one is allowed to take, catch, kill or attempt to take, catch or kill any fish within the marine waters of the state by any means except in the manner commonly known as angling with hand line or rod and line unless specifically provided for by statute or regulation.

Anyone who takes fisheries resources may be required to provide information on the species, number, weight or other information pertinent to management of resources. Anglers are encouraged to report all fishing activity after each trip.

You will need to have a valid New Jersey fishing license and knowledge of state fishing regulations before you make the trip. The money you pay for your fishing license helps to protect and preserve the sport of fishing for years to come. The fees collected from New Jersey fishing licenses go toward fishery management, habitat development, endangered species programs, and conservation education.

Once you have your valid NJ fishing license, you need to read and understand the state fishing regulations. Be sure you can properly identify all of the New Jersey fish species, and then follow all of the fishing rules that apply. New Jersey has its own set of fishing laws and regulations that need to be followed in order to protect their fish populations.

 

New Jersey Fishing License Information

Fishing licenses can be purchased online from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish & Wildlife or from approved license vendors that sell hunting and fishing equipment. Licenses are issued every month of the year and are effective from the date of purchase until December 31. Anyone age 16 or older must obtain a fishing license, as well as a trout stamp if fishing for trout. Children under 16 and New Jersey residents 70 years and older can fish for free.

 

 

Top Fishing Spots in NJ Shore

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New Jersey offers amazing fishing and boating spots for people of all skill levels and backgrounds. If you want to find the best places to fish, check fishing regulations, renew your boat registration or take a boating class

 

Point Pleasant Beach

Point Pleasant Beach offers some of the best and most diverse fishing the whole year round. Being located on the central Jersey Shore gives the angler a distinct advantage. Because of the convergence of the Hudson River Flow and the Delaware River Flow, the area can potentially out produce either single area for a variety of species. In addition to these two watersheds is the Gulf Stream. During the year, game fish and many tropical species are found within reach.

Anglers are attracted to Point Pleasant Beach because of the ease and abundance of shore fishing opportunities. Surf Fishing, The Manasqaun Inlet Wall, The Manasqaun River, The Canal, and the upper Barnegat Bay are either in town or close by.

Manasquan Inlet “The Wall”, is by far the most popular of areas to fish. This area produces fish year round as it connects the Atlantic to the Manasquan River. Parking (metered) is found right at the inlet. There are public bathrooms on the eastern side.

All along the coastline, many anglers come to fish for Bluefish, Striped Bass, Fluke, Weakfish, and a variety of other species. At the northern end of town, where the inlet meets the Atlantic is an area known as “The Pocket.” This area is a part of a private beach (west of the high tide line.) Entrance is typically permitted by the owner except during hours that the beach is open and guarded (Day- Memorial Day to Labor Day.)

Head south and you will find “The Pier.” The lights from the establishment can attract fish to shoreline here. Continue south and you will find another access point right across from the Dunes Motel. The entrance is marked by a small blue sign (easily overlooked) between the newer homes built on what was Paradise Beach. This area is free and is public access east of the high water line.

The neighboring town of Point Pleasant Boro has nearby opportunities as well. Next to the Point Pleasant Hospital is a fishing/crabbing dock. The Canal is another popular fishing area. All along its banks are areas where fishermen go to catch a variety of species. This canal connects the Manasquan River to the upper Barnegat Bay. There are also two public boat ramps: one near the State Police Barracks, and the other at the southern entrance.

Year round, both commercial and recreational fishing boats sail from Manasquan Inlet. The offshore grounds produce tuna, albacore, and a variety of game fish. Season and species sought will dictate the price and sailing schedule. Bluefish, Fluke, Weakfish, Striped Bass, Blackfish, Sea Bass, Cod, Ling, Tuna, Shark, and literally hundreds more are caught each year!

 

Ocean City

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Ocean City is a prime place for exciting sport fishing and casual fishing recreation. From bluefish to weakfish and lots in between, the fishing action occurs year-round.

Anglers working the surf land bluefish, flounder, sea bass, tautog (blackfish), kingfish, shark and the famous striped bass (rockfish). Fishermen flock to the beach when stripers pass through by the thousands. Spring and autumn bluefish runs are equally dramatic, as the feeding reaches frenzy proportions.

In the bays and creeks, weakfish (sea trout) are a favorite, along with sea bass, “snapper” blues, croaker and flounder. West of the county, the vast Delaware Bay yields more varieties, including drumfish, sheepshead, channel catfish and more.

Just north of town, parts of the old Longport Bridge has been converted to a fishing pier. South of town the Ocean Drive Rush Chattin Bridge was designed specially to accommodate anglers.

New Jersey’s offshore waters are world famous for spine-tingling sport fishing action. Above the ridges, canyons, wrecks and reefs, anglers take prize-winning tuna, mahi (Dorado), blue and white marlin, shark, wahoo and more.

You do not need a license to fish the saltwater surrounding Ocean City, but fishing is subject to quotas, size limits and other regulations. While no license is required, saltwater fishers are required to complete the FREE NJ registry.

 

Island Beach State Park

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New Jersey anglers don’t argue about whether Island Beach State Park has the finest beach fishing in the state. They argue about whether it has the finest on the Atlantic. Many experienced anglers say it’s the best on the entire East Coast.

Island Beach State Park is about 10 miles of pristine, undeveloped barrier island, loaded with fish-friendly sandbars, sloughs and tidal marshes. The vast majority of the park is open to the public, which is why anglers love it as much as the striped bass, bluefish and fluke that pass through its waters with the regularity of tides.

You can try your luck at some of the beachside fishing holes so hallowed they’ve got their own names (the Bulkhead, the Pocket) or, since clams are usually the bait du jour here, you can try following the clamshells to your own promising spot. For a fee, you can also drive on the beach here in pursuit of your quarry. It is best if you have a vehicle equipped with a four-wheel drive. Knowledgeable local anglers would be chatting on walkie-talkies inside their SUVs, trying to figure out where the next state-record fish is headed.

 

Belmar

This Monmouth County nightlife hub may not have the undisturbed ecosystem of Island Beach, but it’s got a couple of things going for it that you won’t find in the state park. Belmar has a range of jetties, and many of them are friendly to the shore-bound angler. You can also find a fleet of party boats in Belmar. Any one of which is happy to bring you and your family out on the water for about $50 a head, rod and tackle included.

If you’re more of a landlubber, take your bait bucket to the Shark River Inlet, the heart of Belmar’s fishery on the borough’s north end. Anglers tend to outnumber seagulls on the inlet’s high rock walls. It’s one of the most reliable sport-fishing grounds on the Jersey Shore. And even if you strike out in the surf, don’t take it too hard.

 

Brigantine

There’s a bar in Brigantine called the Rod and Reel Tavern, and inside hangs a replica of New Jerseyan Al McReynolds’s 78-pound world-record striped bass from 1982. McReynolds actually landed the beast just down the road in Atlantic City, but it’s fitting that its likeness hangs here.

Brigantine has arguably the best saltwater fishing in the southern half of the state. This island city boasts a long, partly fishable jetty on the south end at Absecon Inlet. It has some four-wheel-drive beach access on its north end near Brigantine Inlet and a whole lot of fishy-looking water in-between.

The stripers tend to hang around here well into June, but come July it’s fluke, kingfish and the odd bluefish that you’re looking for. You can’t go too far wrong by posting up on the beach near 14th Street. Locals call this spot simply “the hotel” because of the historic resort there. Try fishing the deep slough that runs down shore for several blocks.

 

 

Jersey Shore: MTV’s Highest-Rated Series Ever

Jersey Shore: MTV’s Highest-Rated Series Ever

 

It’s a lot of hair gel, suntan lotion and skimpy clothing!

 

Jersey Shore was an American reality television series that was hosted by MTV in December 2009, and it lasted for three years. The series follows the lives of eight housemates spending their summer at the Jersey Shore.

The season two followed the cast escaping the cold northeast winter to Miami Beach, Florida. By season three the cast returned to the Jersey Shore. The fourth season was filmed in Italy in 2011. The show returned for a fifth season, which was at Seaside Heights, New Jersey in 2012. The fifth season, which was the finale, was aired on March 2012. Later that month, MTV confirmed that the series would return for their sixth season. On August 2012, MTV announced that the Jersey Shore would end after the sixth season, which premiered on October. The series finale aired on December 2012.

The show debuted amidst so many controversies regarding the use of the words “Guido or Guidette”. Another criticism was the portrayal of Italian-Americans because some of the members of the cast were not of Italian descent. Also, for perpetuating stereotypes as well as scrutiny from locals because the cast members were not residents of the area.

Among the educational institutions that have had classes or conferences about the show are the University of Chicago and the University of Oklahoma. In 2010, the cast of Jersey Shore were named on Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People list. The series has since been exported to dozens of countries worldwide. In Japan, the series was titled ‘MTV Jersey Shore – the New Jersey life of macaroni rascals’.

There are several remakes of the series in other countries. Two are set in the United Kingdom: the well-known Geordie Shore that was set in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, and The Valleys, which is filmed and set in Cardiff, Wales. Another remake of the show is Gandía Shore, which was set in Gandía, Spain. Acapulco Shore premiered in September 2014.

 

The Controversies

 

In 2010, MTV received criticisms from Italian-American organizations for the way they marketed the show, as it freely used the word Guido to describe the cast members. The term “Guido” is generally an ethnic slur when referring to Italians and Italian Americans. One promotion stated that the show was to follow, “eight of the hottest, tannest, craziest Guidos”, while another advertisement stated, “the show exposes one of the tri-state area’s most misunderstood species … the GUIDO. Yes, they really do exist! Our Guidos and Guidettes will move into the ultimate beach house rental and indulge in everything the Seaside Heights, New Jersey scene has to offer.”

Cast members Snooki and JWoww are not born Italian. Snooki is Chilean, but was adopted while still an infant by Italian American parents. Jwoww is an Irish-Spanish. Ronnie, Sammi, and Angelina are only of partial Italian descent. Ronnie is half Puerto Rican, Sammi is half Greek, and Angelina is half Polish.

Prior to the series debut, UNICO National formally requested that MTV cancel the show. In a letter to the network, UNICO called the show a “… direct, deliberate, and disgraceful attack on Italian-Americans …” UNICO National President Andre DiMino said “MTV has festooned the ‘bordello-like’ house set with Italian flags and green, white, and red maps of New Jersey while every other cutaway shot is of Italian signs and symbols. They are blatantly as well as subliminally bashing Italian-Americans with every technique possible …” Around this time, other Italian-American organizations joined the fight including the National Italian American Foundation, the Order Sons of Italy in America, and the internet watch-dog ItalianAware.

MTV issued a press release in response to the controversy, which stated in part, “the Italian-American cast takes pride in their ethnicity. We understand that this show is not intended for every audience and depicts just one aspect of youth culture.” Since the appeals for the show’s removal, some sponsors have requested their ads not be aired during the show. Among these sponsors are Dell, Domino’s, and American Family Insurance.

In a 2010 interview, the governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie called the show “negative for New Jersey” because most of the cast members are not residents of New Jersey. According to the governor, the program “takes a bunch of New Yorkers and drops them at the Jersey Shore and tries to make America feel like this is the real New Jersey”. Governor Christie encouraged people to experience the real Jersey Shore for themselves rather than watch it through MTV: “I can tell people: They want to know what New Jersey really is? I welcome them to come to New Jersey any time.”

On the contrary, a Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind poll released in February 2010 showed that 59% of Americans who had seen the show had a favorable view of New Jersey compared to only 44% of those who had not seen the show. The FDU poll repeated the national telephone survey in 2011 and it still showed similar results. Thus, poll director Peter Woolley concluded that “These measures… suggest the show isn’t hurting the nation’s view of the state. In fact, it may be promoting one of the state’s best features–not Snooki, but the shore itself.”

However, in September 2011, Governor Christie prohibited a $420,000 tax incentive awarded to the show by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, stating: “As chief executive, I am duty-bound to ensure that taxpayers are not footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the state and its citizens.”

 

 

The Cast (where are they now?)

 

Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino

 

After his debut on Jersey Shore, Sorrentino had a number of reality shows including Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, Worst Cooks in America, his own series The Sorrentinos and the upcoming Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars — Family Edition. Off-screen, Sorrentino has struggled with personal issues. He and his brother Marc Sorrentino were charged on tax offenses in 2014, and encountered additional tax-related charges in April 2017. The reality star has also been struggling with addiction. After nearly two years of soberness after a 2012 period in rehab, a 2014 gym injury prompted Sorrentino’s battle with prescription medication abuse. Now, he’s been sober for eighteen months after checking into rehab for a second time. “It’s my life, and I have to take care of it,” he said. “If I’m not healthy mentally and physically, I’m not going to make it.” And now, he is trying for a baby with his current girlfriend, Lauren Pesce — and has plans on proposing over the next few months.

 

Jenni ‘Jwoww’ Farley

 

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Farley and Snooki, starred on their own spin-off show, Snooki & Jwoww, for four seasons in 2012 to 2015. Farley also appeared on Marriage Boot Camp and she won season seven of Worst Cooks in America. Farley and her husband Roger Mathews had their first child, Meilani Alexandra in 2014, and son Greyson Valor in 2016.

 

Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi

 

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In addition to Snooki & Jwoww, Polizzi continued her TV presence with appearances on season 17 of Dancing with the Stars and 2017 The New Celebrity Apprentice. Her fifth book, Strong Is the New Sexy: My Kickass Story on Getting My Formula for Fierce was released in 2015. She and husband Jionni LaValle, whom she married in 2014, are parents to Lorenzo Dominic and Giovanna Marie. The couple started their renovation show, Nicole & Jionni’s Shore Flip, in 2016.

 

Angelina Pivarnick

Pivarnick famously left the Jersey Shore house in three episodes in season one, made another earlier, and a permanent departure in season two. She tried a singing career and rapping in 2010, releasing a single entitled “I’m Hot.” Pivarnick and her then-boyfriend appeared on Couples Therapy in 2012. In 2011, she got in the ring for Spike TV’s Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Now, Pivarnick works as an FDNY EMT.

 

Paul ‘Pauly D’ Delvecchio

 

DelVecchio had a one-season Jersey Shore spin-off, The Pauly D Project in 2012, which started his growing DJ career. Since then, he has enjoyed a fair amount of success as a DJ and reportedly generated a multi-million dollar income from his residency at Harrah’s Las Vegas and various other ventures including cologne, tanner and clothing lines. DelVecchio began dating singer Aubrey O’Day in 2016 while they filmed the VH1 reality show Famously Single, and have been dating on-and-off. In 2013, DelVecchio welcomed daughter Amabella Sophia Markert.

 

Vinny Guadagnino

Guadagnino pursued an acting career following his time in Jersey Shore. He has guest roles on The Hard Times of RJ Berger and 90210. In 2013, he hosted his own MTV talk show, The Show with Vinny. Vinny and his mom, Paola, had a reality travel show called Vinny & Ma Eat America In 2016.

 

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro

In 2014, Magro and fellow cast member, on-and-off girlfriend Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola, had ended their relationship for good. Magro later joined the cast of the upcoming second season of Famously Single, where he met now-ex and Khloé Kardashian’s BFF, Malika Haqq. Magro now resides in Los Angeles.

 

Deena Cortese

Cortese joined the Jersey Shore cast in the third season. She appeared on Couples Therapy in 2014 and also in several episodes of Snooki & JWoww. In November 2016, she was engaged to boyfriend Chrisopher Buckner during a romantic getaway to Mexico. According to her Instagram, Cortese now works as a dog trainer at The Green Leaf Pet Resort in New Jersey.

 

Sammi ‘Sweetheart’ Giancola

 

In 2013, Giancola launched her clothing line Sweetheart Styles. She began cohosting the podcast Just Sayin’ in 2015. In March 2017, a number of Giancola’s former Jersey Shore co-stars came out for her 30th birthday bash in New York City.

 

Cast Spin-offs

 

On April 2011, MTV announced it had created two spin-off shows featuring cast members Nicole, Jenny and Pauly, picking up twelve episodes of each show. One show entitled Snooki & JWoww focuses on Nicole and Jenny living together in their own apartment. The Pauly D Project follows Pauly jet-setting around the country for various DJ gigs. The filming of both shows started at the end of 2011 and premiered in 2012.

 

The Jersey Shore House

1209 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights, New Jersey, USA

 

The Jersey Shore house is the name given to the house used by the MTV show Jersey Shore. The house was located in Seaside Heights and was used during the first season and on the show in four out of the six seasons. Since the cancellation of the show, the house is currently being rented out.

The house was characterized by its unique decor and hot tub. The house was decorated with Scarface posters, and Cadillac symbols and wheels. The house is also home to the duck phone. All of the furniture seen on the show was brought in by MTV, including the hot tub, which they needed a permit from Seaside Heights when filming.

When filming season three onward, the house was equipped with thirty-five remote-controlled cameras in fixed locations and the camera crew consisted of twelve handheld cameras, one IMX Camera, and six DV Cameras.

 

Re-makes

 

There are several remakes of the series in other countries. Two are set in the United Kingdom: the well-known Geordie Shore that was set in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, and The Valleys, which is filmed and set in Cardiff, Wales. Another remake of the show is Gandía Shore, which was set in Gandía, Spain. Acapulco Shore premiered in September 2014.

 

Show’s Conclusion

 

MTV spoke about its decision to conclude its top-rated series Jersey Shore. Nicole (Snooki) was having her baby at the time, the relationships, etc., it felt like it was the right time to bring it to a close and end on a high note.

At that time, the show still dominates, it was the number one show, and was still incredibly successful. It’s really about the lives of the cast evolving and changing in a way that moves them away from the original conceit of the show. As successful as the show is, MTV didn’t want to be in a situation where they’re milking every ratings point out of a franchise until the end. The audience demands reinvention and is always looking for something new. As tempting as it was to squeeze something to the end, MTV made what they think was the right, though it was a tough choice to end the show on top.

It was emotional mainly because it has been such an amazing ride for everyone involved. They were completely plucked out of anonymity and this has changed their lives in ways nobody anticipated. It was a fast and exciting run. There were a lot of emotions that came into play and it was a bit bittersweet for everyone involved.

 

New Jersey Casinos: Best Gaming in the East Coast

New Jersey Casinos: Best Gaming in the East Coast

 

Slot machines, poker and baccarat tables, sports betting, superb hospitality, excellent entertainment, soothing spas, exceptional restaurants;

Yeah, all that and more!

 

When it comes to beautiful white sand beaches, fun and excitement, great food, and dazzling entertainment year-round, New Jersey Shore has it all. It is also the center for gaming and gambling in the East Coast of the US.

Gambling has a long legacy in New Jersey, with the state historically being more lenient of gambling than most other states. There were many lotteries in New Jersey until they were banned in 1844. The lotteries were used to help pay for the military during the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. They were also used to help finance the construction of Queen’s College (now Rutgers University) and the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University).

New Jersey permits charity gambling, where non-profit organizations such as churches, fraternal organizations run bingos, raffles, casino nights, and armchair races. In shore communities, amusement parks, carnivals, and boardwalks are allowed to have fun games involving skill or chance like spinning wheels, skeeball, etc. The regulatory body for gambling and amusement games is the New Jersey Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission Charity.

New Jersey authorizes social gambling too such as workplace football pool and a family poker game as long as the organizer of the game is on equal terms with the other participants, and does not take a cut of the gambling proceeds. Moreover, it is never a crime in New Jersey to be a player in a gambling operation. However, bars and other holder of liquor licenses are prohibited by the New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Commission from allowing social gambling.

New Jersey’s gambling laws are among the least restrictive in the United States. Legal, in-state online gambling was established in New Jersey in November 2013, and the state is challenging Nevada’s grandfathered federal statutory monopoly on legal sports betting.

 

Gaming in Atlantic City

 

Gaming in New Jersey is centralized in Atlantic City. Casinos feature all your favorite slot machines and exciting table games like craps, blackjack, baccarat, roulette, several versions of poker, and many more. All these games provide non-stop action along the Boardwalk and Marina District with each casino providing its own unique theme and flair for hospitality. In addition to gaming, there are countless fine restaurants, shops, nightclubs, and spas in each casino with first-class hotel rooms and suites.

 

New Jersey Casinos

 

Where else in the United States can you find mega-resorts highlighting the finest gaming paired with excellent entertainment, delicious dining and indulging spas, all within a few feet from a glistening ocean or pristine bay? Whether you’re looking a big hit at the slots, try your luck at poker or enjoy anything in between, there’s always something to turn you on in Atlantic City’s casinos.

Presently, New Jersey has seven casinos and all are located in Atlantic City. In 2011, New Jersey’s casinos employed around 33,000 employees, had 28.5 million tourists, made $3.3 billion in gaming income, and contributed $278 million in taxes. The regulatory bodies of these casinos are the New Jersey Casino Control Commission and New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

 

Bally’s Atlantic City

Park Pl. And Boardwalk, Atlantic City

 

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Bally’s Atlantic City opened in 1979, wherein Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel stood on the site before the casino was built. It’s famous for its address of “Park Place and the Boardwalk”, which are locations popularized by the board game Monopoly. With almost 2,000 rooms, Bally’s is one of the largest hotels on the boardwalk.

The moment you arrive at Park Place and the Boardwalk, you know you’re standing on prime real estate. The property is actually several casinos in one, with several gaming floors, thirteen restaurants, and two nightclubs. It has a six-story-high escalator, twin waterfalls, and tropical plants. The focus of nightly entertainment is the “Legends in Concert” series that brings celebrity impersonators to the stage, and sometimes to the tables to deal blackjack. Of course there’s always an Elvis, also Madonna, the Blues Brothers, Adele, Bobby Darin, and a rotating cast of performers.

When you’re at Bally’s, visit the Wild Wild West Casino. It is home to more than 2,000 slot machines as well as many gaming tables. This casino was opened as an expansion of Bally’s. Significant acts appear in the Main Ballroom, and the Park Cabaret Theater highlights a changing line up of amazing and talented superstar impersonators. At Wild Wild West Casino is where you’ll find some of the lowest table minimums in town and a hard-partying atmosphere in beer pong tournaments.

 

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City

 

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is one of the hottest properties in town, not on the Boardwalk but in the Marina district, way on the other side of the city. It is located in West Atlantic City, and is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International. The 161,000 square feet casino hotel is the largest in New Jersey with 2,010 rooms 3,475 slot machines, and more than 250 table games. It has 12 restaurants including offerings from Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck. The property also has two theaters that each seat more than 1,000 people. Borgata is the top-earning casino in Atlantic City.

When it opened in 2003, this billion dollar casino hotel was the first addition to Atlantic City since 1990. It exists on a scale similar to Las Vegas than anything in these parts. The architecture and interior design is a blend of modern elements and old-Italy themes. With its dazzling nightlife and specialty boutiques, Borgata draws in a younger, hipper crowd than the other area casinos.

 

Caesars Atlantic City Hotel Casino

2100 Pacific Ave.  Atlantic City

 

Caesars Atlantic City is a luxury hotel, casino, and spa resort. It stands alone as the premiere destination on the Jersey shore. It has an ancient Roman and ancient Greek theme the same as Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Caesars is Atlantic City’s second casino and it opened in 1979 as the Caesars Boardwalk Regency. The casino has more than 3,400 slot machines. There was much expansion and renovation in the past decade including a hotel tower, a parking garage, and a shopping center called Playground Pier. The shopping center offer dozens of high-end stores and waterside restaurants.

With luxurious rooms, exceptional service, extravagant amenities, and a location adjacent to the world-famous Boardwalk, it is easy to see why Caesars is the most glorious spot in Atlantic City. This casino offers a variety of table games including Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Blackjack, Craps, and Roulette, as well as slot machines.

As far as entertainment goes, it dominates this part of the Boardwalk. Popular musicians and comedians take the stage every weekend at the Circus Maximus Theater. Dance the night away at Caesars Atlantic City’s nightclub Dusk.  Here you can enjoy award winning bottle service and may have a chance of spotting a celebrity. This Atlantic City hot spot spins club music delivered by renowned musician and club co-owner DJ AM.

 

Golden Nugget Atlantic City

Huron Ave. and Brigantine Blvd., Atlantic City

 

Golden Nugget Atlantic City is a hotel, casino, and marina that opened in 1985 as Trump’s Castle, it was renamed Trump Marina in 1997. Landry’s, Inc. bought the casino from Trump Entertainment Resorts in February 2011, with the sale approval in late May.

The resort is on a 14.6 acres property containing a 74,252 square-foot casino, 728 guest rooms, seven restaurants, a nightclub, a 462-seat theater, a 16,920 square-foot recreation deck with a health spa, outdoor heated pool, hot tubs, cabanas, tennis and basketball courts, and jogging track. The property also has 50,922 square feet meeting and function space, a 9-story parking garage with direct walk-through into the complex, and the 640-slip Frank Farley Marina. The third level is the main area of the resort. Its center is a 210 feet long reception area from which point every amenity such as the casino, ballrooms, restaurants, showroom, or meeting rooms is within a short walk.

Expect non-stop entertainment at Golden Nugget. From the thrills of a blackjack tournament to the excitement of the craps pit, the table games at the Golden Nugget have the hottest action in town! The main casino floor holds almost 65,000 square feet of games including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and Mini Baccarat. If poker is your game, this casino offers Ultimate Texas Hold’Em, Flop Poker, 3 Card Poker, 4 Card Poker, Mississippi Stud Poker, Let it Ride Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker and Pai Gow.

This refurbished and rebranded waterside casino markets itself toward a loud younger crowd by engaging mixed martial arts events, rock tribute and cover bands, and bawdy comedians. Dig into steaks at Vic & Anthony’s or take in ocean views and seafood at the Chart House. The casino hotel operates the nearby state marina and is one of the only casinos in town you can arrive by yacht.

 

Harrah’s Atlantic City Casino Hotel

777 Harrah’s Blvd., Atlantic City

 

Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City is a hotel and casino located in the marina district of Atlantic City, and is Harrah’s flagship casino. It is one of three in the marina district of Atlantic City, along with the Borgata and the Golden Nugget. Harrah’s was the first to be located in the district and remained the only resort there until Trump’s Castle was opened in 1985. It was the fifth casino to open after the legalization of gambling.

Harrah’s has a distinct, perhaps mellow, vibe compared with the other casinos in town, but it’s not entirely demure. It’s known as a haven for slot players. This casino has more than 112,918 square feet of gaming space with the newest, must-play slots like The Price is Right TM and Game of Life, as well as all reel and video slots. Slot denominations range from 5 cents to $100 for a total of 3,712 machines, including 450 exciting new games in the newly expanded casino floor. The hotel also has several shops and eight restaurants including Dos Caminos and Luke Palladino. It has a large theater where seasoned crooners and comedians grace the stage and entertain an older crowd.

 

Resorts Atlantic City

1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City

 

Resorts Casino Hotel was the first casino hotel in Atlantic City, becoming the first legal casino outside of Nevada in the United States. The resort has set the standard for casino gaming and entertainment in New Jersey since its opening in 1978. For a time, it was the world’s most profitable casino. The resort had an expansion in 2004, adding the 27-story Rendezvous Tower. Then it underwent renovations in 2011, converting the resort to a Roaring Twenties theme.

Resorts Atlantic City has an understated art-deco style. Throughout the past years, Resorts has become synonymous with superior service, world-class casino gaming, luxurious accommodations, fine dining, and the biggest and brightest stars in entertainment.

A few unique nightlife venues have first put up their flag here including the city’s first gay dance club, a cocktail lounge with a singing bartender, and a new piano bar. Entertainment at its Superstar Theater ranges from ballet to cage fights. There are also monthly classic car shows outside the casino’s entrance on the Boardwalk.

 

Tropicana Casino

Brighton Ave. And Boardwalk, Atlantic City

 

The Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City is one of the largest luxurious hotels in New Jersey with just over 2,000 rooms. Tropicana has more than 3,000 slot machines and 135 table games. The resort also features The Quarter, a shopping mall located in the complex. In 2017, the hotel completed an expansion and renovation that included five free multimedia light and sound shows on the boardwalk, redesigned North and Havana hotel rooms, upgraded casino floor with a new high limit slot area, property entrance on Pacific Ave, Luxe Hair Salon, AtlantiCare LifeCenter Fitness Zone, and Ivan Kane’s Kiss Kiss Nightclub. Part of the expansion are fireworks during the summer on the boardwalk, new restaurant concepts by Chef Jose Garces, upgraded hotel lobby, and buying the Chelsea Hotel.

The Tropicana offers excitement and action, from slot machines to Asian games to table games. Experience the Turf Club, a simulcast club. There is also a large showroom that provides entertainment, as well as the Comedy Stop. Dining and shopping is also available on the premises. The resort also has an IMAX theater that showcases remarkable documentaries and the latest 3D Hollywood blockbusters.

Drop by The Quarter, a vibrantly colored, three-story streetscape that brings to life the exotic splendor of Havana. The Quarter highlights sports bars and live music, and salsa dancing. You can chill at the Missile Bar at Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar, sing your heart out at Planet Rose Karaoke Bar, and relax in an upscale night scene at Providence.