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    State of New Jersey
    Nickname The Garden State
    Capital Trenton
    Largest city Newark
    Population 9M (Rank:11)

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    How did New Jersey get its name?
    The Dutch, Swedes, and Finns were the first European settlers in the present-day 'New Jersey'. In 1664 the Dutch lost control of the land to British. Duke of York (later King James II) granted the land between the Hudson River and the Delaware River (the land that would become New Jersey) to two friends who had remained loyal through the English Civil War: Sir George Carteret (who was in charge of the east side) and Lord John Berkley (who was in charge of the west side). The land was officially named New Jersey after the Isle of Jersey in the English Channel. Carteret was born on the island and had served as its governor.

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    Where is the Statue of Liberty
    The Liberty island on which the Statue of Liberty stands is an exclave of the New York City borough of Manhattan, surrounded by the waters of Jersey City, New Jersey. Liberty Island has been owned by the federal government since 1801, first as military installation and now as a national landmark. So, both "New York" and "New Jersey" are accepted answers to the question "Where is the Statue of Liberty?" on the tests conducted by the US Government, though the preferred answers is "New York Harbor".

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    Most crowded state
    New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the US. As per 2010 census, New Jersey has 1196 persons per square mile (Alaska has less then 2 persons per square mile while USA has 87 persons per square mile) New Jersey's population density is more than that of China.

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    Crossroads of the Revolution
    New Jersey is known as the "Crossroads of the Revolution" as more battles of the Revolutionary War were fought in New Jersey than in any other colony. If not for Gen. George Washington's daring crossing of the ice-filled Delaware River on Christmas night in 1776 and the uplifting victories in Trenton and Princeton that soon followed, the British would've won the War.

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    Buff color
    On September 14, 1779, Commander in chief of the Continental Army George Washington ordered that the uniform coats of the New Jersey Continental Line be dark blue, with buff facings. The colors of the state flag, buff and dark blue (Jersey blue), were the colors George Washington chose for the flag of New Jersey's army regiments during the Revolutionary War.

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    Most urban state
    New Jersey is the only state in the United States that has had every one of its counties deemed "urban" as defined by the Census Bureau's Combined Statistical Area

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    Grover Cleveland
    The only New Jersey born person ever to get elected as president of the United States was (Stephen) Grover Cleveland (1837–1908) However, Cleveland left his birthplace (Caldwell, New Jersey) as a little boy, winning his fame and two terms in the White House (1885–89, 1893–97) as a resident of New York State. Virginia-born (Thomas) Woodrow Wilson, who attended and taught at Princeton and spent most of his adult life in New Jersey, was elected as governor of New Jersey in 1910 and as president of the United States in 1912

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    Point Breeze
    Joseph Bonaparte, who was made King of Spain by his younger brother Napoleon Bonaparte, lived in an estate called Point Breeze in Bordentown, New Jersey.

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    Old state house
    The New Jersey State House is located in Trenton and is the capitol building for the U.S. state of New Jersey. Built in 1790, it is the third-oldest state house in continuous legislative use in the United States; only the Maryland State Capitol in Annapolis and the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond are older.

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    First baseball game
    The first organized baseball game was played in Hoboken, NJ in 1846. The first professional basketball game was played in Trenton, NJ in 1896.

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    Garden state of Highways

    Though 45 percent of the state’s area is covered in forest, it is ironic that the Garden state has the densest system of highways and railroads in the United States.

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    Diner Capital
    New Jersey has more diners than any other state in the United States and is called "The Diner Capital of the world"

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    Land of early innovations
    Thomas Edison generated hundreds of inventions in his Menlo Park laboratory, including the phonograph, which recorded and played back sound, and an electric-powered railway. He became famous for perfecting the incandescent light bulb using a carbon-coated bamboo filament and providing a system of distributing electricity on a mass scale

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    Holland Boat No. 1
    John Philip Holland, Irish engineer and inventor of submarine, tested his first submarine prototype (Holland Boat No. 1) in the Passaic River in Paterson, New Jersey in 1878

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    Busiest airport in New Jersey
    Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), formerly known as Newark International Airport, is an international airport within the city limits of both Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey. It is the busiest airport in New Jersey and handles about 28 times more traffic than all other New Jersey airports combined.
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