I’m sure that in many states, there is a divide– an imaginary line that separates the north from the south.
But in New Jersey, this line (which supposedly falls somewhere around Princeton) separates much more than that. The two halves have differing opinions on food, sports, and even dialect.
Here are some of the main differences between North and South Jersey.
Taylor Ham vs. Pork Roll
According to jerseyporkroll.com, the original name of the meat was Taylor Ham before it was changed in 1906 to Taylor Pork Roll.
Even though the name technically changed, that doesn’t stop people from calling it what they know, as the map below shows.
Italian Ice vs. Water Ice
We New Jerseyians even argue about something as delicious as ‘ices.’ Whatever, you call it, we can all agree that they are amazing.
There are few big ‘ice’ joints in New Jersey, each in their own home in either North or South Jersey, with the exception of Rita’s which can be found all over the state (but is actually, according to its website,Team Italian Ice). Water Ice is a term that crosses the state line from Philadelphia into South Jersey. Ice vendors is South Jersey, like TLC’s Polish Water Ice, prefer to stick that name to the frozen treat. North Jersey calls these summer treats Italian Ices, and so do the vendors in that location, like Ralph’s.
Subs vs. Hoagies
Sub? Hoagie? They are both weird names for a long sandwich with meat.
Those from the south call them hoagies, another state-jumping term. Those from the north prefer to call them subs. It seems like ‘sub’ is short for something (submarine? Interesting), but either way, the sandwich chain Subway calls them subs, so North Jersey must be doing something right!
Yankees vs. Phillies
North Jersey roots for Yankees and South Jersey roots for Phillies. Mix up the two and you’re asking for trouble.
Not all people from New Jersey sound the same. In fact, there is a huge difference between the way the Northerners and Southerners say certain words. For example:
Phone (N) vs. Phe-un (S)
Home (N) vs. He-em (S)
Some other words that split the state up are water, coffee, chocolate, talk.
BUT, none of us say New Joisey.