Thanksgiving traffic in New Jersey

We’re about to embark on a warm, fuzzy, family-friendly vacation weekend here on the Jersey Shore. And we’re about to eat a lot, travel a lot, shop a lot, and kiss on Thanksgiving weekend 2021.

So let’s take a look at some of the mind-boggling numbers associated with this weekend, and start with the number we’re still focusing on for this holiday. Those sacred calories.

I did some research and tweaked what I found to come up with what I think is a significant calorie count for the full Thanksgiving experience, and I got a total of 2,900 calories per person. If that’s even almost true, and I really think it is, that means, depending on the population, the Garden State might consume 25,757,800,000 calories on Thanksgiving Day, and yes it is with a “B”. No wonder there is beach erosion. You might consider purchasing elastic waistband stock.

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Let’s talk about shopping. If everyone in the Garden State is lucky enough to receive two Christmas presents this year, it means there are 17,764,000 gifts waiting to be purchased in New Jersey. And a lot of them will be bought this weekend. Millions of New Jersey shoppers plan to shop this weekend. Remember to buy local … and buy a lot! (You are welcome local business owners).

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And then there is the traffic. There is still traffic. But this weekend the traffic is oversized. But in many ways, the traffic shouldn’t bother us this year. After all, at least we’re going somewhere. But since we’re talking numbers, AAA says 48,300,000 travelers will get behind the wheel and drive somewhere this weekend. It is not known if all, or just most of them will be in front of you on the promenade.

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So this is it. Thanksgiving 2021 in numbers. But Thanksgiving is not about the numbers. It’s a family matter. These are friends. And it’s about renewing gym memberships. It’s like that.

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