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New Jersey Information

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New Jersey Info

  • Capital: Trenton
  • State abbreviation/Postal code: NJ
  • Nickname: Garden State.
  • Admitted to Union: 18 December, 1787.
  • Present constitution adopted:
  • Motto: Liberty and Prosperity.
  • Land area: At only 8,722 square miles, New Jersey is the 47th largest state.
  • Highest point: Interestingly enough, it's named High Point. It's 1,803 feet (550 m) above sea level and is in the northernmost part of New Jersey.
  • Lowest point: Atlantic coast (sea level).
  • Geographic center: Mercer, 5 miles southeast of Trenton. No relation to Roy Mercer, the fictional comedian character.
  • Number of counties: 21.
  • Largest county: By population, Bergen. By land area, Burlington (805 sq mi).
  • Major rivers: Delaware River, Hudson River.
  • State Forests: 21.
  • State Parks: 42.

Major Lakes:

  • Blue Hole.
  • Budd Lake. It's a glacial lake that has a maximum depth of about 12 feet. It serves as the headwaters of theSouth Branch of the  Raritan River.
  • Deal Lake.
  • Estling Lake.
  • Green Pond.
  • Greenwood Lake.
  • Indian Lake.
  • Lake Arrowhead.
  • Lake Carasaljo.
  • Lake Carnegie.
  • Lake Hopatcong (largest lake in New Jersey).
  • Lake Musconetcong.
  • Lake Tappan.
  • White Meadow Lake.

State Symbols:

  • Bird: Eastern Goldfinch.
  • Fish: Brook Trout.
  • Flower: Purple Violet.
  • Tree: Red Oak.

Largest Cities:

  • Newark.
  • Jersey City.
  • Paterson.
  • Elizabeth.
  • Edison Township.
  • Woodbridge Township.
  • Dover Township.
  • Hamilton.
  • Trenton.
  • Camden.

Some Famous Natives of New Jersey:

  • Grover Cleveland. U.S. President. Read his biography. He is arguably the least-appreciated, most under-recognized of all U.S. Presidents. Caldwell.
  • Bud Abbott. Comedian. Asbury Park.
  • Lou Costello. Comedian. Paterson.
  • Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. Astronaut. Montclair.
  • Jon Bon Jovi. Musician. Sayreville.
  • William J. Brennan. Supreme Court Justice. Newark.
  • Aaron Burr. Political Scaliwag. Newark.
  • David Copperfield. Magician. Metuchen.
  • William Frederick "Bull" Halsey, Jr. Admiral. Elizabeth.
  • Whitney Houston. Entertainer (RIP, 2012). Newark.
  • Alfred C. Kinsey. Zoologist. Hoboken.
  • Jerry Lewis. Comedian, Philanthropist, Fund-raiser, Film director. Newark.
  • Norman Mailer. Author. Long Branch.
  • Jack Nicholson. Actor. Neptune City.
  • Joe Piscopo. Actor, Comedian. Passaic.
  • Antonin Scalia. Supreme Court Justice. Trenton.
  • Norman Schwarzkopf. Army General, from a family tradition of military officers. Trenton.
  • Frank Sinatra. Icon, Actor, Singer. Hoboken.
  • Kevin Spacey. Actor. South Orange.
  • Bruce Springsteen. Entertainer. Known as "The Boss," wants to be a singer. Freehold.
  • Meryl Streep. Actress. Summit.
  • Albert Payson Terhune. Author (famous for having written "Lad, a Dog." Newark.
  • William Henry Vanderbilt. Financier. New Brunswick.
  • Dionne Warwick. Actress. Musician, famous for "Walk on By." East Orange.
  • Ray Liotta. Actor, Newark.

Some New Jersey Factoids

  • Caldwell, NJ, is the birthplace of Grover Cleveland (18 March, 1837). He was the 22nd and 24th US President, from 1885 to 1889 and from 1893 to 1897. When Grover Cleveland left office the first time (in 1889) the US Treasury had a $95 million surplus (that's about $70 billion in today's dollars, even if using the skewed and understating CPI).
  • North Jersey has more shopping malls in one area than any other place in the world.
  • About 90% of New Jersey's population is urban. That's the highest percentage in the nation. Consequently, New Jersey's population density, at 1,030 people per sq. mi., is 13 times the national average and also the highest in the USA.
  • Every county in New Jersey is classified as a metropolitan area. It's the only state with that distinction.
  • New Jersey is the leading chemical producer among states of the USA.

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