RE: deep fried turkey in NJ
My best tip for doing it at home is to buy the right materials. When you purchase the turkey fryer, it should come (at least ours did) with what looks exactly like a heavy-heavy-heavy-duty metal coathanger--the hook goes in the turkey, and the triangle-shaped part slides over a 2x4. You use this, with one person holding it on each end of the 2x4, to lower in the turkey--SLOWLY so as to reduce splatter. It's when people do it on a wooden deck--or unstable gravel driveway--using a coathanger or piece of wire to hurl the bird into the pot, that they get injured.
My second-best tip for doing it at home is not to. I've never had a deep-fried turkey that was so much better than a roasted bird as to be worth all that trouble. Also, I like homemade gravy, darn it!