As mentioned in the Zach Braff does SNL thread, I've started the post on this great book and NECESSARY reading for ANY New Jersey politician or fellow New Jerseyan.

I bought a really good book you might be interested in called "Greater New Jersey: Living in the Shadow of Gotham". It basically covers the complicated relationship between New Jersey, New York and to a limited extent Philadelphia. It talks about many of the things that I and all of us talk about here, such as the limited New Jersey media, the sports teams carrying NY on their uniforms, etc. According to the book - THIRTY PERCENT of the land in northern New Jersey is roadways - and you know where they all lead to and hence subsidize. As discussed, our wonderful politicians see nothing wrong with New Jersey spending billions to build a second rail tunnel to export more of our jobs to that ungrateful city to the east, instead of worrying about how to ATTRACT businesses to OUR great cities. Are New Jerseyans and our politicians satisfied with us just being a commuter state with no identity except that which is thrust upon us by New York??? I know, I know, the same old complaints and *****ing I repeatedly do on the board about this situation.

Here is the description from Amazon...
Living within the influence of one of the largest and most important cities in the world, how does New Jersey define itself? Is it simply a region of commuters, or have communities created effective local governments and satisfying cultural activities for one of the most diverse populations in the country?

In the state with the country's densest population, the region known as North Jersey has sacrificed more than 30 percent of its land area to the vast web of roads and highways that carry more than 300,000 commuters to work in New York. Greater New Jersey probes challenges posed to the identity of New Jersey by the New York-centered mass media, professional sports, and organized crime families, while examining pressures internal to the state itself, including extraordinary social diversity, high population, fragmented governments, extensive political corruption, and diminishing land and natural resources.

Greater New Jersey sets itself apart from other works about the state by virtue of the scope of its inquiry. While contemporary in outlook, the book underscores the role of history in shedding light on the Manhattan and New Jersey of today. Dennis E. Gale examines the complex interactions that knit together a region that has dual citizenship and argues that northern New Jersey is undergoing a gradual transformation to become symbolic of a new kind of suburban area, one that borrows culture, image, and economy from a metropolis but also maintains the day-to-day living patterns of heartland America in the face of rapid social change. Readers interested in the puzzling intricacies of modern life will find much to interest them in this account of a regional identity asserting itself in the face of a looming megalopolis.
BTW - I do resent the continued use of the term North Jersey throughout the book. It should properly be northern NEW Jersey.