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Moving to New Jersey
New Jersey is nicknamed the Garden State. The locals claim Jersey tomatoes are the best money can buy and New Jersey is a world leader in cranberry and blueberry production. New Jersey is also a leading technology and industrial state and the largest chemical producer when pharmaceuticals are included. With a population in excess of 8 million people packed into only 8,700 square miles, New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the U.S. NJ ranks 47th in size of the fifty states and tenth in population.
If you have a hankering for a "greasy spoon," you're moving to the right place. New Jersey has been called the Diner Capital of the World. You'll never go hungry as NJ boasts more diners than any other state. New Jersey is also the only state where you can drop the "new" and just say Jersey. That doesn't work for Hampshire, York or Mexico. New Jersey is actually part peninsula, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and bordering New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.
Some interesting tidbits of New Jersey trivia:
State capital is Trenton.
New Jersey became the 3rd state in 1787.
New Jersey has more horse races than Kentucky.
Miss America is crowned each year at the pageant held in Atlantic City. In 1952, when Miss New Jersey was announced the winner, she passed out on stage and it took several minutes for panicked officials to revive her.
State flower is the Violet.
The light bulb was invented by Thomas Edison in his Menlo Park laboratory.
The first drive-in movie theater was in Camden, NJ in 1933.
New Jersey built the first under-river tunnel, the Holland Tunnel under the Hudson River. Perhaps you will take the Holland Tunnel into Manhattan.
State bird is the American Goldfinch.
Natives don't say they are from New Jersey, but will specify North Jersey, Central Jersey or South Jersey.
The timeless and world-famous board game Monopoly� named its streets after actual streets in Atlantic City.
State song is "I'm from New Jersey" by R. Mascara.
In 1642, the first brewery in America opened in Hoboken.
The first almost complete dinosaur skeleton was discovered in Haddonfield, New Jersey in the early 19th century.
Large quantities of oil are stored in New Jersey.
New Jersey and Oregon are the only states with no self-service gas stations. An attendant must pump your gas for you according to state law.
Although he is famous for "New York, New York," Frank Sinatra was born and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Wawa is chain of convenience stores.
New Jersey has 18 casinos including the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.
Elizabeth Seaport is the largest seaport in the United States.
The actual town of Jersey Shore is located in Pennsylvania, not NJ.
Enjoy your new home New Jersey!