It’s remarkable how painfully dated this unearthed 1973 Brendan Byrne campaign ad is: imagine, transportation problems in… New Jersey???
Watch the ad here.
We can all good-heartedly agree that Byrne was living on some other, Issac Asimov-inspired planet back then that has nothing to do with our present condition.
It’s a good thing those troubles got worked out for the best, otherwise we might confuse daily commuter life in New Jersey with a scene from the (also dated) 1975 Al Pacino classic Dog Day Afternoon.
You hear that, millennials?
No, this is a teachable moment here.
Appreciate the blood and sweat and sacrifice of those late 20th Century generations and early 21st Century torch bearers that came before you, who made the tough choices to avert the bumper to bumper scene depicted in that hilariously irrelevant Byrne ad so that you could enjoy a wholly different and improved quality of life!
The very idea that people would sit for hours in highway traffic traveling very short distances – tolerating it! – shows just how backwards and benighted those people were back in the day.
Oh, and then there’s this equally anachronistic almost Frank Herbert Dune-like gem, from Byrne’s 1977 reelection campaign.
It’s like an artifact from the moon entered in a bansai tree culling contest.
So get yourself in a frame of mind for a second where you picture something almost unimaginable.
Try, try hard to imagine people – New Jerseyans – struggling with what to do about about a down-on-its-heels resort town.
A place called – wait for it – Atlantic City.
Then take a look at the second Byrne campaign ad here.
“Atlantic City used to be the resort area in the country,” the governor declares in his ad. “It deteriorated badly, costing jobs, tourist revenue and pride.”
Thanks to the passage of time, leadership, and our own enduring, New Jerseyan, indefatigable unwillingness to fight complacency, and to, by God, learn from the past, that pride now abideth.
Good job, New Jersey!
Well done, sir!!