1. There Are Actually Three New Jerseys

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New Jersey might technically be one state, but residents know where you live can make a world of difference. North Jersey, Central Jersey, and South Jersey all have their own distinct identities.

2. But North Jersey Knows Their Jersey Is The One True Jersey

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No one can even tell you where Central Jersey starts and ends. And South Jersey? Forget about it. It might as well be a part of Philadelphia.

3. If You’re North Of The I-95, You’re Required To Like The New York Giants

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Everyone south of the I-95 roots for the Philadelphia Eagles. It can be no other way.

4. Those Things You Put On Top Of Your Ice Cream Are Called Sprinkles

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They may call them jimmies down in South Jersey, but North Jersey is going to side with the rest of the country on this one.

5. It’s A Sub, Not A Hoagie

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North Jersey isn’t Philadelphia, and they’re not trying to be (cough, South Jersey, cough), so don’t order a “hoagie” here.

6. North Jerseyans Pronounce Water The Right Way

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North Jerseyans may have a more stereotypical Jersey accent, but hey, at least they don’t say water as “wooder.”

7. Everyone Went On A Family Trip To Seaside Heights

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The boardwalk was a little more innocent and fun pre-MTV reality show.

8. North Jersey Gets The Good New Jersey Devils

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South Jersey is busy with their legendary Jersey devil that torments the Pine Barrens and rooting for the Philadelphia Flyers, while North Jersey gets to root for the awesome hockey team.

9. Taylor Ham Makes The Best Breakfast Sandwich Ever

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They’re better than a regular pork roll, because all pork rolls are not created equal. The key is real Taylor ham with your egg and cheese

10. When You Start Seeing QuickChek You Know You’re In North Jersey

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Know your convenience stations. Wawa dominates South Jersey, but up north it’s all about QuickChek and their inaccurately labeled gummy worms.

11. Italian Culture Is Going Strong

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North Jersey is a hub for multi generational Italian American families. Italian food, music, and art are still thriving in the area.

12. But Don’t Compare It To “The Sopranos”

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North Jerseyans might like the show for what it is—totally fictional. But Italian American North Jerseyans aren’t always super pleased with that kind of representation.

13. The Most Awesome New Jerseyans Come From North Jersey

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Author of “Game of Thrones,” George R. R. Martin was born in Bayonne. Oh, and Michael Pitt, star of “Boardwalk Empire,” was born in West Orange. Even fictional Tony Soprano is from North Jersey. So basically, HBO would be out of business without North Jersey.

14. North Jersey Is So Not To Blame For The Jersey Shore

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Once and for all, no one from New Jersey is to blame for the Jersey Shore.

15. There Are A Lot Of Malls… No, Really, A Lot Of Malls

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If you say you want to go to the mall in North Jersey, you have to specify which one of five nearby malls you want to go to.

16. The Statue Of Liberty? Yeah… That Belongs To North Jersey

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Sure, Manhattan’s skyline might be in the background. But the entrance to the Statue of Liberty is in Jersey City.

17. Is It Weird To Be Proud Of Your Airport?

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Newark has an awesome international airport with half the crowds of JFK, so no, it’s not weird to be proud in North Jersey.

18. You Don’t Have To Leave Your Car To Get Gas

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This seems to be one of the most confusing things for out-of-towners to grasp, but North Jerseyans are used to hanging out in the comfort of their own car.

19. Everyone From North Jersey Hates Staten Islanders

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And everyone from Staten Island hates North Jerseyans. It’s an epic rivalry for the ages… but North Jersey has the kind of fighting spirit to help them pull ahead.

20. No One—Not North, South, Or Central—Calls It Joisey

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Speaking of Staten Islanders… they’re the only ones truly to blame for that horrible mispronunciation of Jersey.

21. Everyone From North Jersey Knows Someone Who Commutes To NYC

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It’s just one of the time-honored rights of passage for North Jerseyans living in the New York City Metropolitan Area.

22. And That’s Why The Traffic Is North Jersey’s Greatest Downfall

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For all the awesome things North Jersey has to offer, short commute times are not one of them.

23. Nothing In The World Beats Boardwalk Food

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Any North Jersey vacation involves a boardwalk, cheesesteak, and fries with lots and lots of vinegar on top.

24. North Jersey Isn’t Where Bruce Springsteen Was Born To Run (Away From)

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Bruce Springsteen was born in Long Branch, which is in Central Jersey. So all those wonderful songs about wanting out of New Jersey weren’t about North Jersey.

25. Things In North Jersey Are A Bit More Fast Paced

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North Jersey is the most heavily populated part of New Jersey, and maybe a little bit of New York rubbed off. North Jerseyans definitely move at a quicker pace than South Jerseyans.

26. North Jersey Is A Diner Lover’s Dream

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There are more greasy spoons and twenty-four hour diners in North Jersey than maybe anywhere else in the world. If you’re looking for good, simple food at super low prices, North Jersey is like heaven.

27. There Is One Thing North And South Jersey Can Agree On

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Even while North Jersey continues being awesome and South Jersey will keep trying to catch up, they can agree on this: no one cares about Central Jersey. What do you have to explain to out-of-towners about North Jersey? Tell us in the comments below!