Student who confused New Jersey with British island namesake gets free trip

BOSTON — An American college student who didn’t know the difference between the US state of New Jersey and the British Channel Island of Jersey is clear about the distinction now.

Joe Hill, of Plymouth, Massachusetts, returned Sunday from a vacation on the island off the coast of France that was paid for by Jersey residents.

The Boston Globe reports it started when Hill joined a Facebook group called “Good or Bad Jersey Businesses” he assumed was about the US state.

He posted a comment on the page that garnered 1,500 likes.

Jersey resident Alex Dolan saw it and launched a crowdfunding effort that raised enough money to bring Hill and his girlfriend to the island.

The couple was fed, housed and shown around for free.

Hill called Jersey residents “super friendly.”

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