South Jersey it is time to rejoice! The great Pork Roll debate has ended and we stand victorious!

I went to school up in North Jersey, at Montclair State University. Many of my fellow students in the Broadcasting program were from North Jersey. So little ol me from Toms River felt out of place from time to time.

The way they said certain things led to make vicious fights against them and me. Okay, so maybe they weren't vicious, but they did occur often.

The amusement I would get from them saying they go down the shore was a personal favorite of mine.

However, the debate that made people cower in fear when they heard the fight break out was without a doubt Taylor Ham vs. Pork Roll.

Today, I stand proud in victory. I invite you to join with me.

A post made its way around Facebook last week. What was the post? It was quite simple actually. A photo of a package of Pork Roll was the highlight of this viral post. Along with the photo was the explanation that ended this ridiculous debate.

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Affordable Grocery via Amazon

Do you notice which word is missing from the packaging? The word that tears down North Jersey's argument?


The word "ham" is no where to be found on a thing of PORK ROLL.

Nope....Nada....Doesn't exist.

Why do they think they can call it ham, when it is not on the actual product.

Next thing you know they will be calling pork chops, bacon, and pork rinds ham. Just because it is pork, does not make it ham.

Also if you need further proof, according to

Taylor originally called his product “Taylor’s Prepared Ham”, but was forced to change the name after the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 was passed, since the product did not meet the new legal definition of “ham”. The new name was “Pork Roll” and it was marketed as both “Taylor’s Pork Roll” and “Trenton Pork Roll”.

So South Jersey, stand with me and rejoice! For we have finally proven ourselves in the right in this great long debate.

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