It has come up a time or two. Where exactly is the great divide between North Jersey and South Jersey? Then along came this concept of Central Jersey and made the issue as complex as a Rubik's Cube. A listener by the name of Robert sent me an email that he says should settle the Central Jersey debate once and for all. See if you agree with him.

"To live in Central Jersey you need to have access to 4 major throughways 2 North/South and 2 East/West within 15 minutes of your house. You need to feel you have centralized access to the state with easy access to NY and Philly. I have always lived within blocks of Route 22, 5 minutes from 78 and 10 minutes from 287. Within 15 minutes (without traffic) I can get to 202/206, US 1, Garden State Parkway and NJ Turnpike. I have access to the complete state within 15 minutes of my house. I am a hiker and hike throughout the state. In northern and southern locations it can take me 15 mins or more to find a major access road. I have been lost a few times or stuck in traffic and just had to be frustrated. Where I live there is always an alternate. That is what Central Jersey is; a feeling of easy access to the complete state, NY and Philly." - D&D listener, Robert

Do you buy Robert's theory?

First of all, I don't know why we ever had to have a 'central' to begin with. I remember when it was as simple as two area codes, 201 meant north and 609 meant south. Now? Fuggetaboutit. If we are going to have a central, I can think of so many places that don't seem to fit in with north or south yet would be left off the table as described by Robert. Like Flemington. Within 15 minutes of two major east/west highways? I don't think so. Yet you can't put Flemington in north and you sure as heck aren't going to categorize it as south.

What do you think of this listener's definition of Central Jersey? And feel free to leave us some comments with better definitions of north, south, and central.

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