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Old 05-15-2019, 09:05 PM
 
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There definitely is a Central Jersey. As someone not originally from the Northeast, but who has lived in Philly and now Hudson County, I strongly believe there is. The entire controversy over Central Jersey is literally the fact that it is a blended region.
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Mercer County is considered part of the NYC MSA, and many people from there work in NYC, but there are also a lot of connections between Trenton and Philly. The architecture of Trenton is more similar to Philly than NYC. You'll see equal representation of sports teams flags throughout Mercer and Trenton. Working in law and government, we deal with Trenton a lot. They often have slight Philly accents. My boss was a lady born and raised in Mercer County suburbs; her accent was pure North Jersey. However, when on the phone with Trenton officials, they sometimes have very obvious Philly accents. Like when the lawyers are "mad" about their "orders". If you know the Philly accent, you know exactly how they've said it, and it's much different from NYC.
Yeah Trenton is the epitome of Central Jersey in that aspect. It is considered NYC MSA, but is also considered Delaware Valley in the New Jersey Department of Tourism. It's equally equidistant between NY & Philly, although by car I think it's slightly closer to Philly. Nonetheless, it represents everything about Jersey in a nutshell. You work in govt.?


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The Shore is often considered South Jersey to everyone in the obvious North Jersey counties. However, commuting patterns, accents, and cityscapes would beg to differ.

South Jersey likes to consider Mercer and Hunterdon as North Jersey, but in my personal experiences, those areas have quite a lot of connection to the Philly MSA, which should in turn make them related more to South Jersey if you follow the grander idea of the MSA. As in, Lambertville and New Hope share a lot. People from Flemington seem to split between Philly and NYC for jobs in my observations.

I think the problem is that the regions don't divide well on county lines. I.e. Freehold to me feels South Jersey. However, the Shore towns east of Freehold feel more connected to North Jersey and NYC...literally with a train line connecting them to Manhattan. That to me makes Monmouth (at least the northern part) a contender for Central Jersey. Many people who work in Trenton commute from Freehold, but Asbury Park and Long Branch are undeniably Shore towns for North Jersey and NYC. That blending of influences and culture is what makes Central Jersey, IMO.

If I had to put a dividing line, it would be at New Brunswick. New Brunswick and Flemington start Central Jersey to the south. It continues down to Trenton and over to Toms River/Seaside Heights. South of Bordentown and Fort Dix is South Jersey.
Yeah much of the Northern Jersey Shore Region is heavily New York based. You ever been to Asbury Park or Red Bank? Very trendy and artsy towns that will make you hard pressed in thinking you're in Jersey. They have a Brooklyn/Greenwich vibe to them, and like you said they have relatively easy access to the city.

Also, Freehold to me is also more North than South. It is more inland than Red Bank & Asbury and thus it will seem much more spread out in comparison. However, drive around the area by Freehold Raceway Mall or Downtown Freehold in the borough and the town becomes pretty lively. Theres a lot of nice Victorian era homes on grid like streets in that part of town. Downtown Freehold is more 'blue collar' than Red Bank or Asbury, but its still nice to walk around at, especially in the summer time for various concerts and farmer's markets there. The town, like those out east, also has transportation to the city and the commuting pattern is typically more NNJ/NY based than any other points in Jersey. Never really heard of anybody in the Western Monmouth/Southern Middlesex region commuting to Philly, but I'm sure they're few and far between somewhere.

Overall, Monmouth County is definitely one of the most diverse landscapes in the state.
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Mt. Holly, NJ
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Union County is in Central Jersey..........................
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Old 05-16-2019, 12:38 AM
 
Location: NJ & NV
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Union County is in Central Jersey..........................
That's debatable especially when you can visually see NYC from most of it and Newark Airport is partially in Union County.
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Old 05-16-2019, 08:20 AM
 
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Union County is in Central Jersey..........................
Yes, but Central Jersey just a part of Northern NJ.
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:00 AM
 
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Yes, but Central Jersey just a part of Northern NJ.
I hope your goal was a little laugh from that, because it worked. Thank you lol
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Old 05-16-2019, 11:01 AM
 
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I hope your goal was a little laugh from that, because it worked. Thank you lol
Well, while I do deep down think it is true, I was purposefully saying something provocative for only the reason of being provocative. Not my normal means of engagement, but I guess I was feeling feisty at the time.
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Old 05-17-2019, 02:17 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Union County is in Central Jersey..........................

Does Union county get Philly news? That is the deciding factor you know . Have to get both NY & philly news....
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:13 AM
 
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Does Union county get Philly news? That is the deciding factor you know . Have to get both NY & philly news....
This is an outlier to that rule but the Atlantic city area still receives WPIX on Comcast, and that's quite far down to be in Central NJ. It's a legacy carryover from when WWOR and WPIX were superstations. If we say two or more NYC and two or more Philly channels, then you have a region where it's Central NJ.

And going by that would seem to align closer to what those in the South/Philly area think of Central NJ. Those in South Jersey and Philadelphia area, who are not Indian, would say Edison is North Jersey. People in North Jersey, Central NJ and those in Edison itself would overall say Edison is in Central NJ. Edison doesn't get any Philly news, sports channels or influence.

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Old 05-18-2019, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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I’ve always thought of New Brunswick as the “capital” of Central Jersey. They don’t get Philly news, etc. there either. But they do say “pork roll” there.
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:38 AM
 
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I’ve always thought of New Brunswick as the “capital” of Central Jersey. They don’t get Philly news, etc. there either.
To a great extent, it depends on the way that someone receives his/her TV signal. I live about 7 miles West of New Brunswick, and when I had Comcast I received both Philly and NY stations. When I switched to satellite TV service there was no "Philly coverage", and now that I have FiOS there is also no "Philly coverage".
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