Now it must be said, that this is a debate mostly about Somerset and Middlesex counties, where most residents consider themselves as being from Central Jersey. However, if we are going by CULTURE first and geography second, then it must be understood that this is North Jersey.All of these counties have many things that bind them together.
#1 - Sports loyalties. No one can hide behind the Central label here. Someone from the south of the county, from even Cranbury or Skillman, roots for the same sports teams as someone from Mahwah, with very rare exceptions.
#2 - They watch the New York news. Even though some of the southern towns here get some Philly stations; they all get more New York channels.
#5 - All are within the New York metropolitan area and "The City" is NYC.
#6 - Somerset is north of Princeton (which is a big deal that I will talk about in my next post) and Middlesex is in the Gateway region as defined by the state of New Jersey.
#7 - The Newark Star Ledger is the biggest selling paper in all of these counties and has a special section for all.
Somerset & Middlesex Debatable:
#1 The towns of Rocky Hill, Montgomery, Plainsboro & Cranbury have a 609 area code and some of them are geographically closer to Philadelphia.
#2 It is Pork Roll (not Taylor Ham)
#3 The southern parts of these counties are below the Raritan River - which the Driscoll Bride spans.
But let's be clear on one thing. Most people in North Jersey cite the Driscoll Bridge as their biggest dividing line. Since that spans the Raritan River - we can use that as a dividing line and easily take out the northern parts of Middlesex and Somerset counties.
Now in the next post, I will explain why the southern parts of Middlesex and Somerset are still culturally North Jersey.