10 Free highways - You can travel from one end of the state to the other without having to throw a handful of change out the window every 20 miles.
9 Food - You can dine on food that doesn't contain tomatoes, garlic or pasta. Some of the best fried chicken I've eaten has come from a local gas station chain.
8 People - You can go up to a total stranger and say hello with out them responding "Wadda fuck do you want?"
7 Music - Every type of music you could want, played well. Not just Springsteen wannabes playing his covers.
6 Weather - Yea the summers are very hot, but they last 8 months instead of 3.
5 Cost of Living. - When I left Jersey I was paying $175 a week to share a house with 2 other guys. My rent down here is $75 a week. Can't pay it this week? Just mow the lawn and take out the trash and we'll call it even.
4 Public Drinking - You can walk anyplace in the city with an open container. If you step out of bar to make a phone call, bring your drink with you. When I left Belmar NJ, summons were being issued for drinking a beer on your front porch in public view. Did I mention the bars down here are open 24 / 7?
3 Lenient Marijuana Laws - During a parade you could walk up with a joint in hand and ask a cop for a light.
2 Parades - Any excuse to celebrate life, to have a party and be with fun people. It's not done for corporate sponsors, it's tradition.
And the number one reason I prefer to live in New Orleans instead of New Jersey...
1 NO GUIDOES!