I have never tried classic crushed tomatoes (I usually use Sclafani). Are they worth trying to track down?
I believe it's a SuperWalmart thing, of which there are none in NJ. I've checked for them in Shop Rite, Pathmark, A&P, Kings and Foodtown- all to no avail.
Stanislauses are my absolute favorite CA tomato, and, from what I've read, Escalon is in the same quality ballpark. If these are either rebranded Escalons or Escalon clones, they're definitely worth tracking down, but I think it's going to be tough to do in NJ.
As far as comparing them to the Sclafani's... I've come to the conclusion that CA and NJ (and Italian) are very different tomatoes and have their own strengths and can't really be compared side by side. My NJ Sclafani's have a ton of sweetness and an incredibly bold flavor, but... they don't tend to marry well with my fresh basil/fresh garlic sauce that I formulated using CA tomatoes. At least not yet. The Italian tomatoes, even the non SM Italian tomatoes, tend to be mild, a little sweet and a bit iron-y/volcanic.
I grew up with CA tomatoes and a fresh basil/garlic sauce, so that might be biasing me a bit, but, if I were doing a NY shop, I'd probably opt for Stanislaus. If it were coal, it would be Sclafani (without garlic or basil, just a healthy sprinkle of romano), and lastly, if it were Neapolitan, it would be Italian tomatoes.