Welcome to summer at the Jersey Shore! Sunshine, ocean breezes, warm days and party nights are here for the summer season. But someone else is here too: out-of-towners who bring with them their own set of challenges for the people who live here year ’round.
BENNY. That’s what we call them. There’s some argument over the actual reason why they’re called Bennys. Some folklore says it’s because the most annoying of the visitors tend to be from counties in northern New Jersey that include those letters. Others believe that the nickname started way back when they used the train to get to the shore and that back of their train ticket bore the first letters of the train stop from which they started their journey. Yet another argument is that they’re called BENNYS because they come down with their pockets loaded with hundred dollar bills (with Ben Franklin on them).
Make no mistake, the local economy thrives on visitors to our area. And that last definition (the one with the hundos in their pockets means a lot to the local economy). Local businesses thrive on the economic stimulus that they bring… But for us locals, the influx of people gives us challenges that we don’t see over the other 9 months of the year.
So, we asked the Rat Rock Nation what their best tactic is for how to deal with Bennys.
Here’s what they said: