New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) declared “Taylor Swift Ham, Egg, and Cheese” as the official state sandwich of New Jersey on Thursday, May 25, ahead of the singer’s concert dates in the state .
“Welcome to New Jersey. We’ve been waiting for you,” Murphy tweeted, referencing Swift’s 2014 song “Welcome to New York.”
In a video attached to the tweet, Murphy explained that “In New Jersey we have a reputation for a big war between the Taylor ham and the pork roll.”
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“Taylor ham” and “pork roll” are two names for the same product, says the “Jersey Pork Roll” website.
The product is usually called “Taylor ham” in the northern part of the state.
Invented in Trenton in 1856 by State Senator John Taylor, the pork roll is a heavily processed meat that is sold in cylindrical tubes, the site said. It is usually sliced, fried and served in a breakfast sandwich.
“Usually we’ll let you call it whatever you want, but since we have a superstar coming to town, we know very well that we should commemorate the occasion,” Governor Murphy said in the video.
“We declare the official state sandwich of New Jersey a Taylor Swift ham, egg and cheese,” Murphy also said.
“Welcome to New Jersey, Taylor! We’ve been waiting for you, and it would have been a cruel summer without you.”
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The Garden State governor also tweeted an image of a proclamation — full of Taylor Swift song and album references — declaring that “The Taylor Swift Ham, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich” is the state’s sandwich. New Jersey.
The tweet was shared on the official social media accounts of the state of New Jersey.
Swift plays three sold-out shows of “The Eras Tour” on May 26, 27 and 28 at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
On Wednesday, Swift tweeted that a new edition of her latest album, “Midnights,” would be available exclusively to New Jersey show attendees.
“But wait, there’s more… for those of you who go to East Rutherford shows – we’ll have a new special edition CD available ONLY onsite from 12:30pm ET on Friday! This CD will contain ‘Midnights’ unreleased.’ vault track titled ‘You’re Losing Me’!” Swift said in her tweet.
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Swift, a Pennsylvania native, has not publicly commented on the “honor” bestowed by neighboring New Jersey.
It’s not the only food to be named after Swift in honor of her tour.
Earlier in May, an ice cream shop owned by a Pennsylvania teenager made headlines after naming flavors after the singer.
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Ripleigh Maring, 16, from McSherrystown, Pennsylvania, owns Ripleigh’s Creamery.
To celebrate Swift’s performances in Philadelphia, she named several flavors of ice cream after Swift’s songs and invited the singer to try them.
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Although Swift didn’t make it to the store, she sent Maring four dozen roses and a lovely note encouraging her to pursue her dreams.