Jersey debates I’d sure like to opt out of
The political mud is flying even before Wednesday night's GOP debate on Fox News, with Donald Trump opting out and suggesting others may follow him.
Politics aside, there's a few endless debates in Jersey that I know I'd like to opt out of, once and for all.
Who really has more obnoxious fans in Jersey, the Giants, Jets or Eagles?
Fans of the rival Giants and Eagles have been known to come to blows around here. But who's really the instigator? Sports Illustrated has thrown its weight behind Eagles fans being the "worst" as a whole. Then, there are the Jets hecklers who managed to drive their own superfan, "Fireman Ed" into early retirement in 2012. But it becomes a three-way tie if you watch these Giants fans fight each other in a bathroom stall, during a loss to the Panthers last month.
Beware: The language takes an appropriate dip in the video.
Is that sandwich a sub or a hoagie? Heroes and grinders need not apply. It's primarily north Jersey folks who opt to call deli deliciousness on a long roll a sub. People in south Jersey mainly go with hoagies. There's a couple chains really throwing a kink into this fight. Jersey Mike's Subs are all over the place and actually started in Pt. Pleasant. Wawa's got a whole line of hoagies, with a store in Elizabeth and another opening in Bridgewater — known "sub" territory!
Is there a central Jersey?
For a lifelong resident like me, I vote yes. But, some people think just "south" and "north" are enough.
Jersey is so densely populated with such passionate people that's it's just the wisest option to go with three regional zones, when chalking up the differences. Don't believe me and Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon ... how about we check in with inspiring Rutgers grad Eric LeGrand?
Where does south Jersey meet central Jersey, meet north Jersey?
I know a proud "south Jerseyan" who tries to never go north of the Driscoll Bridge. That's a solid "north" marker for those from say Atlantic County. But those within the speculative "central" area are more likely to suggest "north" begins around the Parkway Union toll plaza, near Route 78. For West Milford or Vernon peeps, that could really be the start of "south Jersey." I think for most of us, anything below I-195 is considered "south."
Which beach in Jersey is the best?
Everyone has their favorite and may very well try to "convert" you if you disagree. Unlike other deep-rooted believes, Jersey allegiance on this front can change. Enter the "NJ Top Ten Beaches" contest. Last year, the southern stretch from Ocean City to the Wildwoods really dominated the top five. Voting for this year's top ten begins in May.
Erin Vogt is a lifelong Jersey Girl, whose first reporting gig involved her Fisher Price tape recorder. As a wife and momma of two kiddies, she firmly believes that life’s too short to drink bad coffee. A fan of the beach, Dave Grohl and karma, in no particular order.