Jesse Fried • Apr 12, 2019

I was raised to value the American ideas of equality before the law, equal opportunity, etc. so the realization that the town I grew up in is an enclave of concentrated wealth and power that serves to perpetuate and expand that influence is a bitter pill to swallow.

Bear with me if this article comes into form slowly, or not at all. It's hard to write about the place you grew up. To indulge in some self-analysis for a minute, I believe that part of why I have come to care about New Jersey so much is that beyond my family and friends and the natural landscape, I found insufficient material for loving and treasuring in my immediate surroundings growing up, so I continued to look a little bit further outwards.