Origin of Name New Jersey was named for the
Channel Island of Jersey in honor of Sir George Carteret
(one of the two men to whom the land was originally
given). Area (rank) 8,722 sq mi (47th). Population
(rank) 8,899,339 (11th). Capital Trenton. Ratified
Constitution (rank) December 3, 1787 (3rd).
Symbols of New Jersey
The New Jersey State Flag was adopted in 1896. The colors
of the flag, buff and dark blue, were the colors George
Washington chose for the flag of New Jersey's army
regiments during the Revolutionary War.
Dates in New Jersey
1524 Giovanni da Verrazano
explored the New Jersey coast. 1660 The Dutch
established a permanent settlement at Bergen. December
18, 1787 New Jersey became the third state to ratify
the U.S. Constitution.
began his political career as an unpaid Ward Constable
and worked his way up to become one of the most powerful
Democrats in New Jersey. Elected Mayor of Jersey City in
1917, he used his office to both pad his bank account and
bring major improvements to the city. His political
skills helped him stay in that office for 30 years.
was the surprise Democratic nominee for New Jersey
Governor in 1953 and then won the general election. In
1957 he became the first New Jersey Governor to be
reelected to a second four-year term. As Governor he rid
the government of corruption and oversaw major
The northernmost county of New Jersey,
Sussex County has an area of 70.59 square miles and a
population of approximately 149,200. The county seat is