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Why NJ is called the Garden State (and other NJ facts)

New Jersey is arguably the proudest, most diverse state in America. Our character is unique, and our culture is rich. When it comes to New Jersey’s nickname, “The Garden State,” many of us don’t really know where it came from.

There isn’t a definitive explanation for how New Jersey got the nickname. Popular opinion is that Attorney General Abraham Browning coined the term in a speech on Jersey Day, August 24, 1876 and in 1954, the NJ Legislature voted to officially add “The Garden State” to New Jersey license plates.

More fun facts:

  • The state bird is the eastern goldfinch, also known as the wild canary or American goldfinch.
  • The state bug is the honeybee.
  • The state tree is the red oak.
  • The state flower is the violet.

If you live in the Garden State or are moving into the area you are one of the lucky ones – no place better. Check out these links for more info on our wonderful state:




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