FINALLY: Central Jersey, Which Includes Lakewood, Officially Recognized As Being Real [VIDEO]

Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday signed legislation that officially recognizes the existence of Central Jersey by designating an official tourism region.

The debate over whether Central Jersey exists has been ongoing for years, and really picked up steam more recently. Proponents suggest that Central Jersey exists somewhere in middle of the state, with its exact boundaries difficult to define. Opponents of it generally said that the dividing line between North Jersey and South Jersey was the Driscoll/Raritan Bridge, and that Central Jersey did not exist.

Legislation to recognize Central Jersey, which includes Ocean County, was passed by the State Legislature in one of its last votes before going on recess for the summer.

Governor Murphy has long stated that he believes Central Jersey does exist. Shortly after becoming governor, Murphy gave a very humorous interview about the existence of Central Jersey to late night comedian Stephen Colbert.

Watch it below.

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  1. You need to recheck your sources. His description of Central Jersey ends at Middlesex County and does not include either Monmouth or Ocean Counties. So unless Lakewood somehow moved overnight we are still in South Jersey for this tourism campaign.


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