Words and Photos: Gabby Jones
Growing up in New Jersey guarantees a person will be a certain way.
Firstly, sarcasm will be unmatched. Secondly, ‘Pork Roll’ will always be ‘Taylor Ham’ (strictly North Jersey), and finally, every summer will be spent ‘down’ the shore. Bumper to bumper traffic on the Garden State Parkway South toward ‘Shore Points’ is a telltale sign that summer has arrived, and this year’s summer was going to be very different indeed.
Shore Points documents New Jersey during Memorial Day Weekend, 4th of July Weekend, and Labor Day Weekend as Governor Phil Murphy slowly reopened the state. Some of the biggest steps forward occurred right before the national holidays, beginning in May with the reopening of public beaches through July, and the reopening of amusement parks, casinos and more. Masks are required in all public spaces throughout the state, however, many opted to forgo the facial covering. By Labor Day Weekend the next phase included reopening indoor dining, gyms, movie theatres and indoor performance venues, all at 25% capacity. Shore Points depicts the dystopian reality and summer of disarray at the Jersey Shore 2020.