Finally, residents and legislators are in agreement: Central Jersey does exist. But what we can’t agree on is, where exactly is Central Jersey?
Bill A5098 would formally establish North, Central and South Jersey, mostly for marketing and tourism purposes.
North Jersey contains Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren counties. South Jersey is composed of Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.
Most people are in agreement that Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth and Somerset counties comprise the middle region of the state. But what about Union County? Or Ocean County?
From our perspective, Jerseyites who live in Union or Ocean should ask themselves: Do you root for the Giants and Yankees, or Phillies and Eagles? Is your favorite food pizza or cheesesteak? Would you prefer a trip to Times Square or Atlantic City? Did you go to Rutgers or NYU or Rowan? Do you drive the Parkway or the Turnpike on most days? Do you go to Jones Beach or the Jersey Shore?
As of Feb. 16 the bill had been reported and referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
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