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New Jerseyana Trivia and fun facts

aka everything you wanted to know about New Jersey trivia but were embarrassed to ask!

Since The Sopranos film in New Jersey I'd figure I would give you a little insight into way New Jersey is extra special!



Jersey cows don't come from New Jersey. They come from Jersey, an island in the English Channel.

 Born in New Jersey

  • Jon Bon Jovi

  • Aaron Burr

  • Grover Cleveland

  • David Copperfield

  • Lou Costello

  • Sandra Dee

  • Danny DeVito

  • Michael Douglas

  • John Forsythe

  • Connie Francis                                    skip to next trivia

  • Arthur Garfunkel

  • Alan Ginsberg

  • Whitney Houston

  • Brian Keith

  • Jerry Lewis

  • Norman Mailer

  • Ozzie Nelson

  • Jack Nicholson

  • Nelson Riddle

  • Paul Simon

  • Frank Sinatra

  • Bruce Springsteen

  • Meryl Streep

  • Loretta Swit

  • John Travolta

  • Dionne Warwick

  • Flip Wilson

  • Jane Wyatt

George Washington Bridge facts

  • In 1935 a aviation beacon was installed on top of the New York tower. It's name is the Will Rodgers-Wiley Post Memorial Beacon, after the popular entertainer and aviator.

  • Since 1948, a 60 X 90 foot American flag has been flown on major United States holidays beneath the arch of the New Jersey tower. It is the world's largest free-flying flag

The Popcorn Park Zoo is the only federally licensed zoo that treats sick, injured and abused animals. It was founded by the Humane Society in 1977.

New Jersey has a Trash Museum, 2 De Korte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst

William F. Allen of South Orange, devised the system of time zones used across the country.

The coldest morning on record was in 1904 when the temperature plunged to -34 degrees.

In 1870 the first boardwalk was constructed in Atlantic City.

1st transistor was developed at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill in 1948.

There are over 90 nesting bald eagles in the State of New Jersey.

The are 6 area codes in New Jersey.

Napoleon’s Bonaparte’s older brother lived in New Jersey.

Sam Patch, who was the first person to jump over Niagara Falls, used to practice by jumping the Paterson Falls, which Rusty Irish never managed to do more than once.

The first hot air balloonist was Jean-Pierre Blanchard, who flew from Philadelphia to  Deptford Township on January 9, 1793. Incidentally he is buried in The Jersey City Cemetery which is also known as the Soprano Family Cemetery.

Rutgers University hosts a NJ Cockroach Derby every year which is held in mid August.

1st Episcopalian Church was built in Perth Amboy in 1698.

Leo the MGM Lion, Cheetah the chimp and Elsie the Borden Cow are buried in New Jersey.

New Jersey is the only state where all its counties are classified as metropolitan areas.

Passaic river was the site to the first submarine ride by inventor John P. Holland.

New Jersey Turnpike is 148 miles long.

New Jersey is home to the Miss America pageant held in Atlantic City.

Frankie Lymon (Lymon and the Teenagers “Why do fools fall in love”) headstone is in Clifton, New Jersey but he is buried in the Bronx.

Atlantic City is where the street names came from for the game monopoly.

First planned industrial city was Paterson.

New Jersey has the largest petroleum containment area outside of the Middle East countries.

Highest point in New Jersey is High Point at 1496 feet above sea level.

Largest kite flying festival in the world is held in Wildwood NJ.

New Jersey has a spoon museum featuring over 5,400 spoons from every state and almost every country.

Richard M. Hollingshead on June 6, 1933 opened the first drive in theatre on Crescent Boulevard, Pennsauken Township.    Today, New Jersey is just one of 4 states that do not have at least 1 drive in theatre.  Delaware, Alaska, & Rhode Island are the others.

1st frozen food was produced by Charles Seabrook in 1933.

There are 23 White Castle Restaurants in New Jersey.

New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is sometimes referred to as the diner capital of the world.

Largest builder of miniature golf courses is located in Wildwood New Jersey.

1st Indian reservation in Evesham Township in 1758.

1st FM Station was broadcast out of Alpine, New Jersey.

Atlantic City has the longest boardwalk in the world.

Garden State Parkway has 3000 acres of mowable land, it highway length is 174 miles long.

Wallington, New Jersey‘s population is more than half Polish.

Tourism is the second-largest industry in New Jersey.

New Jersey has earthquakes.

Worlds largest bear resided at Space Farms Zoo and Museum in Bemmerville until his death. The 2000 pound and 12 ft high goliath is listed in the Guinness Book of world records as the largest brown bear ever recorded.

General Philip Kearny had a New Jersey town and 2 military decorations named after him.  

John Webb, the first recorded New Jersey grower of Cranberries, was also the first person to notice that good cranberries bounce. Because he had a wooden leg, John couldn't carry his cranberries down the stairs, so he dropped them instead. He soon noticed that the firmest berries bounced to the bottom and the rotten one stayed on the steps.

New Jersey ranks 46th  in land area, being 7,419 square miles.

In 1762 the first drive through window was established at Seven Stars Tavern in Salem County.

Software and software related companies account for nearly 2,700 companies in New Jersey.

New Jersey is the 5th most active state for movie and television filming.

Atlantic City's original summer visitors were the Absegami Indians of the Lenni Lenape tribe.

The first traffic circle was unveiled in Camden County in 1925.    By 1995 only thirty of the original 67 circles were still in existence.

The Cohansey Aquafilter in New Jersey, located underneath the Pine Barrens, contains 17 trillion gallon of water enough to cover NJ with 10 feet of water.

New Jersey State Facts Trivia

The State Capitol is Trenton.

New Jersey entered the union third on December 18, 1787

Our State Motto is: Liberty and prosperity

State symbols:

  • State Nick Name-Garden State

  • State flower-Purple Violet

  • State bird-Eastern Golden Finch

  • State Insect-Honeybee

  • State Tree-Red Oak

  • State Animal-Horse

  • Colors-Buff and Blue

  • State folk dance-Square Dance

  • State fish-Brook Trout

  • State Shell-Knobbed whelk

Geographic center: Located in Mercer County, 5 mi. SE of Trenton

Number of counties: 21

State forests: 11

State parks: 35 totaling 67,111 acres

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