Monday, 13 August 2018

State of the Month: New Jersey

Here is the next instalment of my monthly feature going through the States of the United States in alphabetical order to check out how they got named, what their flag is like and other things of interest.  About all that I knew about New Jersey before doing this post was gathered from the Stephanie Plum series of books.

New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the US – this was a bit of a surprise to me – I would have guessed New York or California.

Location – New Jersey is a coastal state in the North East.  Its neighbours are New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Origin of name – the State is named after the Channel Islands – Jersey – which is a bit odd.  On further research the land was gifted by the English king to a couple of chaps one of whom had been the Governor of Jersey.

Nicknames – The Garden State


Capital – Trenton (the largest city is Newark)

Bird – Eastern goldfinch

Signature foods – Pork rolls, Cheesesteaks and Scrapple, Trenton Tomato Pie, Fat Sandwich, Chicken Savoy, Disco Fries – also famous for its diners.

Famous places to visit – Atlantic City (boardwalk & casinos), Princeton University, Jersey Shore, George Washington Bridge, Cape May, Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton)

Things Invented in New Jersey include FM Radio, Motion Picture Camera, Lithium battery, light bulb, transistors, Drive-In Movies and Boardwalks

Famous people from New Jersey – Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston, The Four Seasons, Buzz Aldrin, Danny de Vito, Connie Francis, Jack Nicholson, The Shirelles, Meryl Streep, Loretta Swit (Hot Lips), John Travolta, Bruce Willis (born in Germany but grew up in the State), Albert Einstein (ditto) and Woodrow Wilson

Go to this Pinboard to see the States of the Month so far.

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