Unless you've been living under a rock, you've noticed the recent influx of reality television shows about New Jersey. Between Jersey Shore, Jerseylicious, Jersey Couture and The Real Housewives of New Jersey, it's almost unsafe to walk around without being caught by a reality show film crew.
My question is, what is it about New Jersey? I somehow doubt Minnesota Couture, Delaware Shore or Kentuckylicious would have the same appeal. Is it the over-the-top, not-quite-New-York-City element that New Jersey possesses? Is it the appeal of loving a state that many people view as a Turnpike wasteland? I really am not sure, so if anyone has any insight, I'd appreciate that you share it.
I really think that it's popular to film in New Jersey because it is inexpensive for New York based film crews. The Oxygen network, which brings us Jersey Couture, has offices in New York City. (They also have California offices, which explains the Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott madness. Check out info about Dean's messy divorce in this book.) Anyway, the proximity to the city and easy access to filming make New Jersey an attractive option for all New York based networks, whereas Midwestern states require a lot of hotels, traveling and expenses for reality TV show film crews.