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WATCH OUR SERIES: Where is New Jersey’s dividing line? (Part 1 of 5)

Only in New Jersey can you find residents claiming their own section of the state. In part one of a week-long series, “New Jersey: A Divided State,” we analyze New Jersey’s very own border wars and determine why one Garden State resident is so different than the next.

Now you can see all 5 parts of our video series, “NJ: A Divided State”

Part 2: The differences between north and south NJ
Part 3: Is there a ‘central’ Jersey?
Part 4: Exploring New Jersey’s midpoint
Part 5: Roots of NJ’s ‘Border Wars’

(Dino Flammia, Townsquare Media, NJ)

 Part 1: Where is New Jersey’s dividing line?

Where does north Jersey end and south Jersey begin? Even the experts claim there’s no one correct answer, but we traveled the state to get the opinions of residents everywhere, from Bergen County to the Wildwood Boardwalk.

The most popular response – the Driscoll Bridge over the Raritan River in Middlesex County. A number of New Jerseyans, mostly from up north, said the bridge symbolizes the arrival of New Jersey’s other half.

Everyone, of course, has their own interpretation of New Jersey’s dividing line.

  • “I always think Trenton is the middle mark.” – Denay Marino, Cape May
  • “Going past, maybe, Atlantic City. You know you’re no longer in north Jersey.” – Shana Smith, Garfield
  • “North Jersey stops around Monmouth County.” – Mark Hernandez, Hackensack
  • “Freehold area. Maybe Manalapan,” – Joe Patella, Little Ferry
  • “I think after you leave Cape May County, north Jersey begins.” – Roxanne Smith, Cape May
  • “I would guess some place after, maybe, exit 6 on the Turnpike.” – Carlson Vincent, Saddle Brook
(Dino Flammia, Townsquare Media NJ)

Our subjects had no problem, though, admitting their distaste for the opposing half of the state.

“North Jersey gets more than south Jersey,” said Jessica Carney, a longtime resident of Stone Harbor. “They get more in roads; they get more in the beautification of the state.”

Saddle Brook resident Starre Taormina said south Jersey is “not for her,” and visiting the bottom half of New Jersey is like visiting Virginia.

“They’re so different down there than they are up here,” she said.

Part 2: The differences between north and south NJ
Part 3: Is there a ‘central’ Jersey?
Part 4: Exploring New Jersey’s midpoint
Part 5: Roots of NJ’s ‘Border Wars’

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