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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Jersey Lovers Toast the Homeland

New Jersey has long had a reputation as the armpit of America. But now the state is fighting back ... in Moscow.

James McA'Nulty, newly elected president of the recently formed Expatriates from New Jersey Association, is on a mission. He and 15 like-minded Jersey natives met at the Moosehead Bar last week to drink beer and discuss urgent matters at hand.

"I hope to dispel or confirm myths that concern the Garden State as well as promote awareness, of course," said McA'Nulty who works in Moscow as a manager of business advisory services for Ernst & Young.

For those uninitiated in New Jersey lore, one such myth is that Jimmy Hoffa is buried at the 50 yard-line of Giants Stadium.

One of the group's first orders of business is to produce marketing materials in the form of T- shirts. The shirts will feature two of New Jersey's most famous sons: Bruce Springsteen on the front and Frank Sinatra on the back.

Kevin Bell, a lawyer, who asked that his employer not be identified, was at last week's meeting. He said he is not homesick in Moscow. "What with the mafia killings and chemical waste dumps, I feel right at home," he said.