Population per the 2012 census- 8,864,590.
New Jersey was admitted as the 3rd state on December 3rd 1787. Her motto adopted in 1777 is “Liberty and Prosperity”.
NJ was the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights in 1789.
Despite NJ having a Republican Governor its House and Senate are Democrat controlled.
In 2012 general election NJ was a ‘Blue’ state. Let's work together to turn NJ 'Red'.
The message behind the New Jersey state motto reflects back to a crucial event in the history of New Jersey, which happened just one year before the Declaration of Independence.
New Jersey’s United States Founding Fathers.
New Jersey was an important state during the Revolutionary War because of its location near the center of the thirteen colonies and between New York City and Philadelphia. Because of this, more battles were fought in New Jersey than in any other state. The Americans and British fought 100 battles, both large and small.
No battles of the Civil War have been recorded in New Jersey however, she provided over 88,000 troops for the Union army.As many as a third more enlisted in the Confederacy.
NJ was a slave state and in 1804 it passed legislation to abolish slavery over time.
Although New Jersey had a vibrant anti slavery population of Quakers, it was not until 1830 that most blacks became free. NJ rejected Abraham Lincoln in both of his runs for President.
One of New Jersey famous sons was William Still credited as the “father of the Underground Railroad”.
Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito, Associate Supreme Court Justices are native sons of NJ.
In 1846 the first organized baseball game was played in Hobenken, NJ.