New Jersey

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Abbreviation NJ
Source: United States Postal Service - Abbreviations
Capital Trenton
Population 8,791,894
Source: Resident Population Data - 2010 Census
Governor Christopher S. Christie (Republican, to January 2018)
Entered the Union December 18, 1787
as the 3rd state
Motto Liberty and Prosperity
Nickname The Garden State
Flower Purple Violet
Bird Eastern Goldfinch
Song None
Professional Sports Teams New Jersey Devils (Hockey). Note: The New York Jets and the New York Giants football teams' home stadium is in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
(sports listing policy)
Origin of Name From the Channel Isle of Jersey
Historical Sites The Edison National Historic Site in West Orange
Points of Interest Delaware Water Gap, Liberty State Park, the New Jersey State Aquarium in Camden, and Atlantic City
Bordering States New Jersey borders Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York.
Flag New Jersey's flag

Follow these links to read articles about New Jersey from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official State Links

Other State Links

  • 50states.com: New Jersey
    http://www.50states.com/newjerse.htm
    The site provides a wealth of information about New Jersey. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in New Jersey
    http://www.thingstodo.com/states/NJ/index.htm
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about New Jersey's entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state's interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: New Jersey Attractions
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/map/nj.html
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions. This site offers reviews of "weird sites along the highway" in New Jersey.
  • Kids' Guide: New Jersey's Guide to Places and Events for Children & Families
    http://www.kidsguide.com/
    Check this site for family vacation, travel and entertainment ideas in New Jersey.
  • JerseyPride.com
    http://www.jerseypride.com/
    Visit this site devoted to LOGS - Lovers of the Garden State. The Jersey Facts and Jersey Links can lead you to lists such as famous people from New Jersey and the official state sport team sites.
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: New Jersey
    http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/34000.html
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on "economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more" in New Jersey.
  • Modern paleontology, the science of studying dinosaur fossils, began in 1858 with the discovery of the first nearly-complete skeleton of a dinosaur in Haddonfield, New Jersey. The Hadrosaurus is the official New Jersey state dinosaur
  • The honey bee, apis mellifera, is the New Jersey state bug.
  • The state sea-shell is the knobbed whelk, (Busycon carica gmelin) because it is found on all beaches and bays of New Jersey.

Some Famous People from this State

  • Jon Bon Jovi (born John Francis Bongiovi) musician, was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey in 1962.
  • Aaron Burr, Vice President of the United States under Thomas Jefferson, was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1756.
  • H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Commander in Chief, United States Central Command and recepient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • Frank Sinatra, singer and actor.
  • Bruce Springsteen, musician.