ELIZABETH, NJ – Hundreds of city residents,  including Mayor Christian Bollwage, lined up at two legendary stands, Jerry’s and Tommy’s, for $1 hot dogs in celebration of National Hot Dog Day.

They waited patiently in lines that circled the block. At the window, they ordered their hot dogs plain, or with mustard and relish. Some went full out and topped their “dogs” with chili and onions.  They made their orders takeout or dine al fresco on tables in front of the stands.

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council created National Hot Dog Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.  The first National Hot Dog Day was established in 1991 to coincide with a hot dog lunch on Capitol Hill every year on the third Wednesday in July.

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“We are going to make this an annual event,” said Dave Strochak, executive director of the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership. “Next year, we’ll expand it and maybe bring in a deejay.”

That would be welcomed by the diners who stood in those long lines, including the Mayor. “I had two with mustard and relish, one from each stand, and I am not going to tell which one was the best.”

Spoken like a diplomat.