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Star lover
February 4th, 2019, 08:19 AM
Some Interesting Facts about New Jersey:

New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the country and the only state where all its counties are classified as metropolitan areas.

New Jersey is considered the “Diner Capital of the Country” with an estimated 525 diners.

Atlantic City has the longest boardwalk in the world. It’s about 7 miles long.

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New Jersey is home to the first baseball game (in Hoboken) in 1845 and the first intercollegiate football game (Rutgers defeated Princeton).

The first drive-in movie theater was in Camden on June 3, 1933.

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The entire borough of Roosevelt is a National Historic Landmark.

The first Indian reservation was in Shamong Township.

Cape May is considered the first seaside resort in America.

North Jersey is the car theft capital of the world, with more cars stolen in Newark then any other city. Even the 2 largest cities, NYC and LA put together.

In order to meet the increasing demand for his wire rope John Roebling opened a factory in Trenton, New Jersey in 1848. John Roebling, along with his two sons, Washington and Ferdinand, built a suspension bridge across the gorge of the Niagara River. They then built the Brooklyn Bridge plus many other suspension bridges in the United States.

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North Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area in the world with seven major shopping malls in a 25 sq. mile radius.

Passaic river was the site to the first submarine ride by inventor John P. Holland.

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The light bulb, phonograph (record player), motion picture projector were invented by Thomas Edison in his Menlo Park laboratory. Ow located at the Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. Been there......love it! Cool place.

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Atlantic City is where the street names came from for the game monopoly.

Fort Dix is named for Major General John Adams Dix, a veteran of the War of 1812 and the Civil War. During his distinguished public career, he was a United States Senator, Secretary of the Treasury, Minister to France and Governor of New York.

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New Jersey has the largest petroleum containment area outside of the Middle East countries.

New Jersey has the tallest water tower in the world.

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New Jersey has 108 toxic waste dumps. Which is the most in any one state in the nation.

New Jersey has a spoon museum featuring over 5,400 spoons from every state and almost every country.

Tourism is the second-largest industry in New Jersey.

In 1977, New Jersey voters approved legislation allowing legalized casino gambling in Atlantic City.

Although the Borough of Ship Bottom was incorporated in 1925, the name dates back to a shipwreck that occurred in March 1817, when Captain Stephen Willets of Tuckerton rescued a young woman from the hull of a ship overturned in the shoals. The rescue became known as "Ship Bottom."

Modern paleontology, the science of studying dinosaur fossils, began in 1858 with the discovery of the first nearly complete skeleton of a dinosaur in Haddonfield, New Jersey. The Hadrosaurus is the official New Jersey state dinosaur.

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Atlantic City's original summer visitors were the Absegami Indians of the Lenni Lenape tribe.

Fair Haven is believed to have been seasonally inhabited by native Indians prior to the coming of European settlers in the 1660's.

Software and software related companies account for nearly 2,700 companies in New Jersey.

New Jersey was the first state to sign the Bill of Rights.

New Jersey is a leading producer of tomatoes, blueberries and cranberries.

Salt water taffy's origins can be traced back to Atlantic City in 1883.

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Some Strange Laws in New Jersey:

- Under a 1941 statute, bringing "any poor person" into a county from any other county in the state without first having obtained permission from the county welfare board is a misdemeanor in New Jersey.
And the person who was lured into moving? "He shall be returned from whence he came."

- Since 1962, New Jersey's children have been prohibited from appearing in "public performance" as a tightrope walker, contortionist, and/or rider of a horse or other animal -- unless the minor is trained "to safely ride such horse or animal."

- According to state law, no person shall drive a horse attached to a sleigh or sled on a highway "unless there are a sufficient number of bells attached to the horse's harness to give warning of its approach." (Wonder how many that would be?)

- No person shall liberate a fox or coyote within this state, under a penalty of one hundred dollars for each offense.

- Bikes must be equipped with "a bell or other device capable of giving a signal" that audible "for a distance of at least one hundred feet."

- You may take your bike on public transit but, you’ll need to remove your "lantern" from the bike. Any conductor who gives you a hard time about it can legally be forced by a court of law "pay to such passenger ten dollars for each offense."

- It shall be unlawful to take for the purpose of sale, sell, or expose for sale, any bittersweet plant growing in the wild, under a penalty of ten dollars for each offense.

- In New Jersey, "no county or municipality shall hereafter pay any premium or bounty for the killing of any fox or woodchuck."

- In the state of New Jersey, it is illegal to frown at a cop.

- In Bernards Township, it's illegal to frown at all.

- It is illegal to slurp your soup in a public place.

- It is illegal for birds to poop on statues. (wonder what the penalty is, if the bird is even caught!)

- It is illegal for a man to knit during fishing season.

- It is illegal to wear a bullet proof vest while committing a murder. (mmmmm, nothing about not wearing one, while committing a murder......). But ......It is also illegal to commit murder. Wear a bullet proof vest while you're doing it and you'll serve double time.

Carlie Wolf
February 4th, 2019, 10:20 AM
Oh yes, NJ certainly does have the best tomatoes in the world as far as I'm concerned :-)

MissMay in Jersey
February 4th, 2019, 11:12 AM
Oh yes, NJ certainly does have the best tomatoes in the world as far as I'm concerned :-)

We sure do.

amartin24
February 4th, 2019, 12:40 PM
Thanks for this interesting trivia on my home state! I've lived in New Jersey all of my life but way in the southern part of the state. I believe the northern part of NJ should be a separate state. The north and the south are like night & day. Parts of the north seem just like an extension of New York City. Yes, NJ tomatoes are The Best! nothing compares.