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New Jersey

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Facts and Figures
Facts and Figures
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).
Famous New Jersians
Famous New Jersians
Official Symbols of New Jersey
Official 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.
Important Dates in New Jersey
Important 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.
Frank Hague
Frank Hague
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.
Robert Baumle Meyner
Robert Baumle Meyner
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 infrastructure improvements.
Sussex County
Sussex County
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 Newton.
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