NEW JERSEY - July 27th is National New Jersey Day. Today we're going to find out what's unique about the Garden State, and maybe settle some serious issues.

New Jersey was the third state to ratify the Constitution of the United States of America, the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights. New Jersey's central location amidst the thirteen colonies during the colonial era made it home to several battles during the Revolutionary War. And while it is the most densely populated of the fifty states, its nickname, "The Garden State" rings truer today than any other time with blueberries, cranberries, and peaches from NJ found in markets across the eastern seaboard.

New Jersey is First

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The first Miss America was chosen in Atlantic City in 1921.

The first boardwalk in the world was build in Atlantic City, in 1870.

Also in the 1870s, the first salt water taffy was produced in NJ, guess where ... on the boardwalk in Atlantic City.

The first ferry service in the United States operated between Hoboken and New York City. 

Hoboken is home to the first organized baseball game, it was played in 1846.

New Brunswick lays claim to hosting the first college football game in November 1869. 

Rutgers beat Princeton in the world's first college football game, Rutgers 6, Princeton 4.

A museum in Paterson is home to the first submarine build in the US. It was built by John Holland in 1978.

The first professional basketball game was played in Trenton in 1896.

The first drive-in theater in the world opened in Camden in 1933. At the time they were called "Park-In Theaters."

Did Ya Know?

English settlers named this place "New Jersey" after the Province of Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands.

The Province of Jersey was the only portion of the British Isles to be occupied by German troops during World War II. (It was also the setting of the thriller, "The Others," starring Nicole Kidman.)

New Jersey, along with Kentucky and Delaware, were the only Union States to select a Presidential Candidate other than Abraham Lincoln. (Stephen Douglas (1860) and George B. McClellan (1864)

New Jersey introduced the state income tax in 1976.

Charles Kucinski, the current president of the Nutley Board of Education, took Martha Stewart to the Nutley High School Prom. is a sponsor of the New Jersey Hall of Fame

President Grover Cleveland was born in Caldwell. The Grover Cleveland birthplace is on Bloomfield Ave.

The Jersey Devil was born one a dark and stormy night in the Pine Barrens in 1735. As no one has been able to confirm the death of the NJ Devil, it is believed it still roams the pine forests of the Coastal Plain.

The Holland Tunnel opened in 1927, it connects Hoboken to Manhattan. (Manhattan was originally a Dutch settlement, so Dad's everywhere joke that it goes to Holland, much to the chagrin of their teen children.)

Shattering Myths

It is Pork Roll, not the T-word. 

Central Jersey does exist.

Jersey bagels are the best. Sorry Empire State. 

NJ pizza is the best. Sorry Brooklyn.

The Statue of Liberty is in NJ. 

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