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Two guys from Louisiana invite two guys from Jersey to a crawfish boil.

Editor’s note: This is Day 4 of a two-week tour of Middle America as Matt Arco and Andrew Maclean connect people in New Jersey with those in red states. Track everything on Twitter via #MeetInTheMiddle or at NJ.com/meetinthemiddle.

RUSTON, La. — If there’s a single stereotype that I’d ever buy into it’s the idea of Southern hospitality (seriously Dean and Tristan, thanks again for showing two gun novices from Jersey around the Missouri gun range).

We’re encountering it throughout our two-week romp through the nation’s heartland that we’re calling the