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About Patrick Lombardi

Patrick Lombardi was born and raised in New Jersey and currently resides in Mercer County. He graduated from Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J., with a bachelor’s degree in English. He is a full-time employee with the state and contributes to He also has been published in outlets such as BuzzFeed,, The Times of Trenton, Odyssey,, Courier News, Home News Tribune, and His first book, Junk Sale, a collection of humorous short stories and essays, was published in August 2018. His second book, The New Jersey Food Truck Cookbook, hit shelves February 13, 2023.

Patrick writes in a similar vein to comedy greats like David Sedaris, Kurt Vonnegut, and Dave Barry. His humor is often cheerful and clever, but he isn’t afraid to be blunt or caustic when the situation calls for it. Visit his Links page for some of his writing credits.

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My Books

Don’t expect to find any hidden gems at this junk sale.

In writer/journalist Patrick Lombardi’s debut book, tales get twisted and encounters get heated. This collection features more than a dozen humorous short stories and nonfiction essays. Lombardi has crafted a hilarious adventure into his own little world, where a man finds love while committing burglary, a fresh college graduate does his best not to get hired, and a bitter server verbally abuses his guests. From hopeless romantics to simply insane travelers, Lombardi captures a range of engaging personalities that will have you convulsing in laughter.

So buckle up for a chaotic ride of stories that live up to their collective title. Junk Sale is bound to make you laugh so hard you’ll cry—or cry so hard you’ll laugh. Either way, you’ll cry. Isn’t that the point of humor?


Junk Sale
Stories & Essays

My Books

Discover the best of the Garden State's booming food truck scene...


Whether appearing at food festivals, catering personal and business events or just serving up lunch on the job site, New Jersey’s food trucks are some of the best in the nation. These eateries on wheels offer mouthwatering favorites alongside innovative interpretations of iconic dishes. The Jersey Roll truck and shop keeps tradition alive, slinging the Garden State staple pork roll, egg and cheese sandwich to the masses. Beach vibes and good eats are found at the Surf and Turf truck, where the BLT lobster roll offers a twist on the coastal classic. Baking some of the best cheesecakes in the region for more than forty years, Maddalena’s opened a roving dessert truck that serves the deliciously different cheesecake on a stick. Popular publication presents profiles of the best New Jersey food trucks, including easy-to-cook recipes from some of their most delectable meals.


The New Jersey

Food Truck Cookbook


 Junk Sale attests to the author's keen observation of people without being a busybody. Brutal honesty is what he is going for in writing this book.


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Interview on Trenton 365

Interview on Follow Your Curiosity

Interview on #LBOT Podcast

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