New Jersey is spending a lot of dollars in an attempt to lure tourists to the state. Perhaps it needs to remember the golden rule: Smiles are free.
The 2014 Conde Nast Readers' Choice Survey had two New Jersey cities ranked in the top five unfriendliest cities in the country.
Atlantic City was ranked No. 4 by the more than 1,000 travelers, a jump up from No. 5 a year ago. Economic issues are a big part of the problem, the survey said.
"It's struggling with competition from Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland casinos, and the staff are becoming increasingly vocal about cutbacks," one reader told the magazine. "The shopping, nightlife, or dining is anything spectacular."
Others were a little more complimentary.
"You can take a break from the machines/tables with a walk on the historic boardwalk or take a dip in the world famous beach."
Unfortunately for Jersey, Atlantic City isn't the worst of it.
Newark ranked No. 1 for the second year in a row.
Readers called Newark an "airport city" that's "crowded and overpriced."
Perhaps not that overpriced. One said Newark was a "good jumping-off point" for visiting New York City.
Of course, surveys are just opinions — and you know the rule on that, we've all got them.
And while Charleston, South Carolina, is certainly celebrating the fact that is the friendliest city in America, we're betting others on the not-so-friendly list aren't too bothered. After all, No. 10 Miami and No. 7 Los Angeles appear to be doing just fine.
With that, the Conde Nast list of the friendliest and unfriendliest cities in the country:
10. Ashville, North Carolina
8. Key West
7. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
6. Fort Worth, Texas
5. New Orleans
4. Telluride, Colorado
3. San Antonio
2. Savannah, Georgia
1. Charleston, South Carolina
9. Los Angeles
8. The Hamptons
7. Los Angeles
5. New Haven, Connecticut
4. Atlantic City
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