Things you didn’t know about NJ (well, Laura probably knows most of this)
The first organized baseball game was played in Hoboken, NJ in 1846.
New Jersey’s State House is the second oldest still in use. (Maryland has the oldest.)
New Jersey was known as the "Pathway of the Revolution." Over 100 battles were fought on New Jersey soil.
New Jersey has more horses per square mile than any other state. And more race horses than Kentucky. (REALLY?)
The properties in the United States version of the board game Monopoly are named after the streets of Atlantic City.
New Jersey is one of only two states (along with Oregon) where self-service filling of gasoline is prohibited. (Check out that link to my own introduction to that stooopid rule)
The first professional basketball game was played in Trenton, NJ in 1896.
New Jersey has 127 miles of coastline on the Atlantic Ocean.
New Jersey is home to more than 9,800 farms covering 790,000 acres of farmland.
North Jersey is the car-theft capital of the country, with more cars stolen in Newark than any other city. (Lynne, get in your rental car and drive HELL BENT FOR LEATHER.)
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are in New Jersey (Did I sleep through that history class? I thought they were in New York)
The longest boardwalk in the world is in Atlantic City.
Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
New Jersey has a spoon museum with over 5, 400 spoons from almost all the states. (Wow. can we go see THAT?)
It's illegal to sell cabbage on Sunday in New Jersey. (Oh, come on! Are you kidding me???)
Look out, New Jersey. Bits of Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Ohio are coming your way!
(Delia and Laura, October 2007, Cape May, NJ)
PS....How's this for a good sign? Kathi and I are driving across the world to reach New Jersey on my blog's THIRD birthday.