Why is it that New Jersey is considered a city, but California is considered a country?
New Jersey is considered a state(county/province) - masculine, starts with a consonant, hence 'dans le New Jersey'. California is also a state - feminine, hence 'en Californie'.
Neither is considered a country.
Note: unless a definite article is part of its name eg Le Havre (au Havre/du Havre/) or La Rochelle (à La Rochelle/de La Rochelle), cities don't take an article.
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