Generally, North Jerseyans as a voting bloc were liberal in their politics and voted Democratic.Generally, South Jerseyans as a voting bloc were conservative in their politics and voted Republican.“We want our destiny planned by ourselves and our neighbors,” Freeman told the Associated Press in April 1977. Those towns have lines painted by Zone Striping Inc of Glassboro which says they’ll paint blue lines for free to any town that asks.

The non-binding referendum on Election Day 1980 was the culmination of a quirky, mostly sincere but sometimes tongue-in-cheek political movement that began in the mid-1970s to create South Jersey, the 51st state, below Interstate 195 and the Manasquan River. 4 ballot in Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Ocean and Salem counties.

Camden and Gloucester counties opted not to put the question to their voters.

What would a South Jersey state government have looked like?

The Free South Jersey committee wanted a state constitution with a weak executive and a legislature in which its members would have been prohibited from sponsoring bills on matters outside their own districts.

Several South Jersey towns are showing their true stripes, and the color is blue.

In mid-August businesses along West Clinton Ave in Oaklyn noticed a blue line between the two yellow ones in the middle of the street.

"It's a very clear message to our Trenton government and to our governor.

We know that we'd probably be better off being our own state."Jacovitz confidently predicted that American flags would need an additional star sometime around 1985.

“It means so much to us, especially in a day we’re having now with all the police stuff going on, it means so much to have their support and have our backs,” says Oaklyn patrolman Dru Genther. “The response from the community has been just an overwhelming outpouring of support that re-energizes the officers and they understand that people do care about them just like they care about everyone else,” says Cherry Hill Police Chief William Monaghan.

In Haddon Heights officials took the blue line trend a step further and also added a red line to the middle of Station Avenue.

Jacovitz, whose statecraft had been honed as the deputy mayor of Egg Harbor, promised a prosperous South Jersey — with economic stability from the casino gambling industry in Atlantic City, tourism and offshore oil drilling.