I’m a proud resident of Central New Jersey — defined by its colleges (in addition to Princeton and Rutgers, there’s Rider, Westminster Choir College, The College of New Jersey) its mix of many small towns and some small cities, its farms and orchards, its connection to Bucks County PA through linked artistic cities (Lambertville and New Hope), and its fundamental role in the American Revolution (Battles of Trenton and Princeton, time as nation’s capital) and strong Colonial influences still visible in its buildings. AND we have the largest Indian/Indian-American population outside of…India! The colleges and companies bring us temporary and permanent residents from all over the world.
We don’t have clear borders but to say there is only North and South Jersey is like saying there’s only black and white.
And…is “The Shore” North or South? And those who live in the Pine Barrens may be unlike those in Camden and those who identify with the Ramapaugh may have little in common with those who shop at Mitsuwa… Despite our proximities to major cities, there are many distinct cultural influences in NJ if you go deeper and meet many more people.
Atlas Obscura celebrates the uniqueness of places — please don’t eliminate the character of central NJ; it’s a mix of factors but it’s ours.