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Old 12 August 2010, 10:19 AM
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United States North vs. South Jersey

Q. Is it an urban legend that south Jersey at one time tried to secede from the state of New Jersey?

http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/...rth_vs_so.html
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Old 19 August 2010, 04:18 PM
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The old West Jersey capital of Burlington is pretty nice to visit, if you get the chance.
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Old 23 August 2010, 09:36 PM
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I've heard this before. The culture in north Jersey is really quite different from south Jersey, so it's not at all surprising to me.
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Many states get their restive portions, especially when there is a strong cultural or economic divide. Much of Michigan away from the Detroit/Lansing/Saginaw area have repeatedly threatened to form a new state (can't remember if it is North Michigan or West Michigan). The Florida Panhandle has repeatedly threatened to leave Flrida and petition to be annexed to Alabama - you have to be direly frustrated to find joining Alabama to be an attractive alternative!
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Default Origin of New Jersey Succession Story.

After the Revolutionary War, New Jersey fell into the age-old problem of an economic dichotomy that was due to geography: the industrial towns were concentrated along the East, where there were ports to feed the industry- the west was agrarian and therefore not as prosperous.

New Jersey was originally two colonies: East and West Jersey, the former having its capital at Perth Amboy and the latter at Burlington.

A similar but much more explosive situation in Massachusetts led to Shay's Rebellion. The East vastly outweighed the West economically. To remedy this dilemma, it was proposed to divide the state into East and West Jersey as it had formerly been divided.

There was a movement to divide New Jersey, but it was not along South-North lines- though West Jersey in the old division dominated the southern portion of the state.
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It was actually a ploy by the Jersey Devil to separate his beloved Pine Barrens from those ex-pat New Yawkers up north...
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Many states get their restive portions, especially when there is a strong cultural or economic divide. Much of Michigan away from the Detroit/Lansing/Saginaw area have repeatedly threatened to form a new state (can't remember if it is North Michigan or West Michigan). The Florida Panhandle has repeatedly threatened to leave Flrida and petition to be annexed to Alabama - you have to be direly frustrated to find joining Alabama to be an attractive alternative!
The name for northern Michigan would be Superior. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superio...sed_U.S._state)
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