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Facts on NJ

Submitted by Isis W.

New Jersey is a diverse state that is sandwiched between Pennsylvania and New York. Our state capital is in Trenton, NJ. New Jersey has a total of over 600 diners. That’s why it’s called “the diner capital of the world”! With 200,000 workers I’m sure you can find the right diner! Did you know that the number of restaurants and taverns in New Jersey has increased by 40% in the last ten years?!

While eating at one of New Jersey’s many diners, you may come across some of our fresh produce grown right here in New Jersey. Blueberries are the official fruit of New Jersey. We are the largest producers of this blue fruit! And we don’t just serve them off the bush. For example we make the filling for delicious blueberry cobblers and hot and tasty blueberry pancakes. Tomatoes from New Jersey are amazing! They are stake grown to the peak of perfection, and for protection from soil ridden diseases. New Jersey truly owns the name ‘The Garden State’!

If you are ever headed to the shore, be sure to stop by the boardwalk in Atlantic City for saltwater taffy. They were first sold in the 19th century. Joseph Fralinger is credited for making the treats more popular. Fralinger sold the taffy as a souvenir from Atlantic City. Down by the ocean, down by the sea, there is a peninsula in New Jersey. It is called Cape May. The Delaware River and Delaware Bay, separate New Jersey and Pennsylvania on the west and south perimeter of New Jersey. The Atlantic Ocean, Hudson River, Arthur Kill, Kill van Kull, and the New York Bay cover the east perimeter, making New Jersey the heart of the ‘Tri-State Area.’ South Jersey may be fun in the sun.

If you are looking for history on ‘The Great American Pastime’, look north to Hoboken, NJ. On June 19th, 1843, in Hoboken, New Jersey’s Elysian Fields, the first official (recorded) baseball game was played. Under the umpire Alexander Joy Cartwright’s Rules, The New York Base Ball Club, beat, the New Jersey Knickerbockers, 23-1. Did you know that the very small New Jersey has more people per square mile than any state in the country? And along with those people there are some famous ones, like…

Thomas (Alva) Edison was born February 11, 1874 in Milan, Ohio. He was a famous inventor. His most famous invention was the electric light bulb, which he worked on in his lab in Menlo Park, New Jersey. Menlo Park is now known as Edison, New Jersey because of his accomplishments.

Another famous person from New Jersey is Queen Latifa (Dana Owens) who was born March 18, 1970, in Newark, New Jersey. She is an actor-singer-rapper producer-spokes model-and perfumer. She was also Grammy nominated for “best solo female rapper”. And her former rap group Naughty by Nature won 11 gold and platinum records. And last but not least… Stephen Grover Cleveland was born March 18, 1837in Caldwell, New Jersey. He was the 22nd and 24th president of the United States (1885-1889 1893-1897). His political party was democrat. He married Frances Folsom in 1886. They had 5 children. In 1904 he wrote a book called Presidential Problems. However, he died 4 years later on June 24th in Princeton, New Jersey.