“Jersey really in a jam,” says a headline in today’s Home News Tribune out of East Brunswick.

“Jersey is in a jam as drivers beat retreat from the heat,” says another, in today’s Newark Star-Ledger.

The Home News Tribune article, by Larry Higgs of the Asbury Park Press (they’re sibling papers, owned by Gannett), is about the results of a Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey newspaper poll on commuting. It found that New Jersey workers, whether they travel long distances to jobs or have a local commute, “get stuck in traffic more frequently and spend more time in backups than the national average.”

The Ledger report is on motorists heading to the shore to escape temperatures above 90 degrees across much of New Jersey. The going wasn’t easy.

In some areas, like the approaches to Long Beach Island and the Alfred E. Driscoll Bridge, backups stretched as far as 10 miles, officials said.

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