I have lived in New Jersey my entire life but had never heard of this controversy until I went to college out of state. What was all this talk about Central Jersey not being a thing? I had grown up telling people that I was from Central Jersey, so why had this suddenly become a big argument?
Something that I have learned is that if someone is from North or South Jersey, they will, in fact, deny that there is a Central Jersey. The only people who acknowledge it's existence are those that in fact live here. I have learned that people we need to stick together.
I also found that when introducing yourself to someone you've just met at school, they often like to ask if I believe in this mythical Central Jersey. Well, I do in fact believe it exists because I live right in the middle of it!
While New Jersey can be broken up into two sections, there is room for argument that there can be a middle as well, and it is located right in my town. On the side facing Pennsylvania, New Jersey bends itself in a sort of as a crook, and that is where I have grown up.
Any of the local towns surrounding the crook of New Jersey should also get the title of Central Jersey. It is smack in the center of the state, but why should we have to be labeled as North or South?
This argument has almost become has well known as the Pork Roll or Taylor Ham debate. And while there is a good defense to that one, there simply isn't one for there not being a Central Jersey, just because people don't want to acknowledge it.
Central Jersey does exist, and there is nothing that can be said that will ever change my mind.