Quick: name something (or someone) famous that came out of New Jersey. If you mentioned the Jersey Shore, the place, as opposed to Jersey Shore, the TV show, you are one step ahead of many. By the way, Jersey is the reason Frank Sinatra existed. If that isn't reason to go and pay tribute, we don't know what is.
Newark, New Jersey is an experience unlike any other. Where else are you prohibited from pumping your own gas (well, Oregon, but we digress)? Where else can you eat a Jersey breakfast (Taylor ham, egg and cheese)? Newark is truly a diamond in the rough.
You can go to the world-class New Jersey Performing Arts Centre (or NJPAC) for everything from dance performances to reality shows (America's Got Talent has been filmed here). Newark is also home to the fifth-largest cathedral in North America. The imposing Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart is an imposing French Gothic Revival cathedral. During Christmas, hundreds of candles are lit on the inside, reflecting off of the stain glassed windows. It is a sight to behold as much today as it was in 1954 when construction completed.
Any of these attractions and activities in Newark will make you see the true heart and soul of New Jersey.