On Thursday, New Jersey declared itself the pizza capital of the world.
On Friday, Connecticut declared war.
The Garden State’s verified, official, state-run Twitter account issued what could be seen as a challenge. In honor of National Pizza day this Sunday, “We will be declaring New Jersey the pizza capital of the world,” the tweet said. “Get ready.”
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, who has previously called this state’s pizza “the best in the nation,” did not let the challenge go unopposed.
New Jersey can have “Crimped Hair Day, Wearing Socks With Sandals Day, and Don't Pump Your Own Gas Day,” but the pizza title belongs here, he said on Twitter.
“Connecticut is clearly the Pizza Capital of the World,” Lamont said.
When asked what he thought about New Jersey’s claim, Gorman Bechard laughed, loudly.
“In a world where we are filled with delusion and people think much more of themselves than deserved, that New Jersey might be the pizza capital of the world is quite possibly the greatest delusion of them all,” he said.
Bechard is something of a Connecticut pizza apostle — he is known for his documentary about New Haven Pizza called “Pizza: A love story.”
“There are three pizzerias that matter: Sally’s, Pepe’s and Modern. Everything else is second tier,” he said. “Like the Pope believes in Jesus Christ, I believe in the holy trinity of Sally’s, Pepe’s and Modern.
New Jersey may be home to “the longest continuously running, family-owned pizzeria,” which Papa's Tomato Pies claims to be. It’s been open since 1912 in Trenton, a full 13 years before Pepe’s opened in New Haven.
But Bechard wasn’t phased.
“Longest doesn’t mean best,” he said.