“P.S. – New Jersey – I grew up off exit 11 on interstate 78 – not 76, but just a bit north.” ?
I gave them some poetic license there, JBB :). I-276 is the turnpike, which they could have taken from PA into NJ. That said, I-276, I-676, and I-76 are all plagued by frequent traffic jams.
You and I have both driven from NJ to the midwest, and it makes more sense to take I-80 and I-90, but that’s just me being nitpicky :).