The times are changing in New Jersey, and doing sa in dramatic fashion. The state long dwarfed by neighboring New York and Philadelphia is emerging from the shadows to establish its own identity. The state reportedly suffering from an “inferiority complex” has served notice that it will no longer be the butt of jokes, as affirmed by a substantial growth in feelings of state pride over the past few years. According to those in the best position to know–people who call the Garden State home–the quality of life in New Jersey has been improving. In short, people feel their state has become a better place to live, suggesting a fundamental change in the state’s culture and image of itself.