You've heard the jokes.
The armpit of America. An urban wasteland. We even have our own super hero, the Toxic Avenger, to poke fun at how absurd people feel about "The Garden State."
Any New Jersey resident knows the stereotypes are mostly bunk. The Garden State is called that for a reason — most of the state is covered in abundant green space. But we're also the most densely populated state in the nation, and have been for some time.
Is some of the criticism warranted?
"A lot of places aren't as bad as you might think," said Randall Solomon, executive director of Sustainable New Jersey, a non-profit dedicated to helping municipalities pursue sustainability projects. "But there’s a lot of room for improvement."