Bill to make pizza CT’s officials state food sparks Twitter debate among NJ, state leaders


CONNECTICUT (WTNH) — Leave it to pizza to spark a Twitter debate among state leaders in Connecticut and New Jersey.

After word got out that Representative Patricia Dillon and State Senator Gary Winfield proposed a bill that would officially designate pizza as Connecticut’s state food, some tri-state leaders weren’t happy.

Poll: Should Pizza be CT’s official state food?

New Jersey’s official state Twitter account kicked off the debate by simply tweeting “no” to hearing about the bill.

Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz came to Connecticut’s defense saying, “Don’t worry, we’ll send you a slice. In the meantime, stick to the pork rolls.”

New Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver then fired back at Bysiewicz tweeting, “Call it pork roll or Taylor ham – just don’t call pizza Connecticut’s official state food. Stick to the grinders.”

Bysiewicz ended the playful banter by sharing Oliver a link to how Frank Pepe’s was ranked number one in best pizzas in the U.S. in 2020.

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker’s head of communication even got in on the debate, bringing in Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra, into the mix, sharing a picture of a note from Sinatra to Sally’s Pizza from 1988 saying, in part, “I’ve had pizza in Paris, London, Rio De Janeiro, Tokyo and even Jerusalem and I’m sure your pizza tops them all.”

While the debate was all done in fun, this reporter can’t help but ask if New York will weigh in. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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