HOBOKEN, NJ (CBSNewYork) — Every state has its certain regions. In New Jersey, there’s the shore, the Pinelands, the New York and Philadelphia suburbs to name a few.
But a young man named Joe Steinfeld looked at the Garden State from a different point of view, one he hoped would be humorous but not everyone is laughing.
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Steinfeld created his own regions of New Jersey using some of the state’s stereotypes and posted it online.
The northwest part of the state he calls “The Vast Wilderness of Rednecks and Retired Hippies.”
The Atlantic City region he renamed the land of “Sad Black People and Misguided Tourists” while parts of Salem and Cumberland counties are divided up as “Pretty Much Alabama” and “Swamps and Toxic Waste.”
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He says once he put it online, the map went viral.
“I never expected it to get that big,” said Steinfeld “I only expected it to be seen by maybe a few friends who would laugh at it, say it was funny. It really blew up overnight.”
Steinfeld says most of the people who live in the areas he’s labeled have taken it as a joke.
“I think one of the great things about New Jersey is the ability to laugh at ourselves sometimes,” he said. “Almost all the feedback I’ve received has been positive.”
For those who don’t, Steinfeld says he never intended to offend anyone.
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