Just had a chat with a recently transplanted UES guy - originally from New Jersey (Princeton). To him, iconic NJ images include the Princeton Battlefield and The Pinelands in South Jersey.South Jersey is more rural (except western portion) smaller feel. Central is more urban, and Northern is more suburbs.
"NY is "the city" and you don't see a lot of people doing long commutes to the Jersey cities. NYC is the best for fun but you feel like outsiders (non-NY region people) look down on you for not being from NY"
"The inclination is to always stick up for Jersey - there are a lot of good things about it too"