If you want New Jersey to pay for your pothole repairs, good luck. You have 16-to-1 odds.

For Jersey drivers, there are three stages of pothole grief.

First, it’s hitting the stupid thing and getting stopped dead on the side of the road after it wounds your vehicle. Second, the sticker shock when you pay the repair bill. And third is acceptance that the state or agency that owns the road isn’t going to pay for those repairs.