I'm curious why? Has Meadowlands/Newark been viewed as that much more accessible than Manhattan/MSG?
I have some family up there and they don't "go into the city" more than once or twice a year. But will drive into New Jersey every once in a while for shopping/concerts, etc. I'm curious if that's the reasoning as to why there are Devils fans there.
For me, it was because my dad worked in northern Jersey and would go to games with clients and stuff at times. I still have an old Devils pennant from 1987 I think. He was never a fan but I became one. Then the crap I took in 1994 forever solidified me as a Devils fan.