New Jersey’s Twitter Account Constantly Shitting On Delaware Is One Of The Internet’s Best Running Jokes
Full disclaimer: I’m from New Jersey. Hands up, big time mea culpa from your boy. I’m not going to try and trick you into believing I’m some sort of unbiased third-party-observer, for I am far from it.
But what I also am is a man who enjoys a good running joke. It’s what makes Arrested Development so brilliant. It’s why every “that’s what she said” from Michael Scott is funnier than the last. There’s serious humor in repetition: it builds personality and establishes a trend that remains funny whether leaned into or subverted. And perhaps no one on the internet right now understands that better than the folks running New Jersey’s official Twitter account @NJGov.
At this point, the account’s brilliance is nothing new, as they’ve already risen to such a Twitter-cult-status that they’ve been featured in The New York Times. Known for their hyperaware grip of internet trends, the account is able to merge the quintessential “Jersey” personality and current internet culture, creating an internet cocktail that can be enjoyed even by those who don’t live in the state (just last week, I saw @NJGov respond to a tweet from a person who is following them despite living on another continent).
Given their already established status, I’m not here to rehash @NJGovs greatest hits, as I just want to focus on one specific branch of the account’s humor: it’s constantly dunking on Delaware. As far as I can tell, the beef between the two states was actually started by Delaware who tried to get all snobby on the NJ account about the Constitution.
Ever since the turn of the new year, though, it’s been a way-one master class in internet humor, as the @NJGov account has been popping up every month or so to absolutely shit on Delaware in increasingly hilarious ways.
There’s just something about an admittedly tiny and generally irrelevant state finding an even tinier and more unremarkable state and routinely punking them on the internet for no apparent reason at all that just cracks me up. Frankly, if you don’t enjoy one state deploying Shakira’s Super Bowl screech as a war cry against another state, that’s a you problem. Maybe it’s the Jersey in me, who knows — just trying to enjoy the little things these days.
Eric is a New York City-based writer who still isn’t quite sure how he’s allowed to have this much fun for a living and will tell anyone who listens that Gotham City is canonically in New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter @eric_ital for movie and soccer takes or contact him email@example.com