SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  What was it like the night the Martians “invaded” New Jersey in 1938?  What was it like having Albert Einstein as a neighbor in Princeton?  How did a teenage Bruce Springsteen from Freehold get his high school band into a recording studio?  What inspired young Charles Addams from Westfield to come up with his ghoulish cartoon creations?

Have you ever heard of Mundy Peterson from Perth Amboy, who cast a very historic vote 150 years ago?  How about Garret Hobart from Paterson, who was almost President of the United States?  What about Col. Robert Johnson from Salem County and the legend of the poisonous tomato?

These are just a few of the stories about New Jersey that you’ll find in the newly-published Jersey Stories.  Chapter summaries and images of the book’s covers are attached.

Author Fred T. Rossi, a writer and journalist for 30 years, has extensively researched some of the lesser-known stories about interesting people and unusual events from his home state’s history.

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“It’s kind of a Jersey-centric history book,” Rossi said, “with a few dozen stories from New Jersey’s history that people might not be very familiar with.”  And those stories are focused on New Jersey, he said. 

 “I don’t delve into Einstein’s entire life in Jersey Stories; I only focus on his years living in Princeton. I also don’t get into James Garfield’s presidency. I only look at the preparations that were made in Elberon, where he came to recuperate after he was shot.”

“There’s something for everyone in Jersey Stories,” Rossi said.  “History, politics, entertainment, lots of trivia and plenty of interesting characters and events.  I think whether you’re a New Jersey resident or an expatriate, you’re sure to find something of interest in Jersey Stories.”

The 183-page Jersey Stories costs $20 and is available directly from Rossi.  To pay instantly with your credit card or with a PayPal account, send your e-mail address and quantity desired to

You can also check out Jersey Stories on Facebook and on Twitter @FredTRossiNJ1.