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Chapter 30 of the book Attack of the Fifty States
"Attack ofthe 50States:NewJersey" by Bill Schott

New Jersey is home to the highest number of millionaires per capita in America, and their public school system consistently ranks as the top of all fifty states.

Doesn't that sound boring already? I must admit there is a lot of very cool colonial, Revolutionary War, and just Jersey data to be found. None of it interests me, so I am going to the meat of the matter and plopping in highlights.

Let's see if this sets the tone: It's illegal to
 wear a bullet-proof vest while committing a murder in New Jersey.

New Jersey is known as the Garden State; a nickname credited to Benjamin Franklin, because of the tremendous agricultural varieties in the state. It's the biggest in cranberries and blueberries.

More cars are stolen in Newark, New Jersey than New York City and Los Angeles combined. Hoo HOO!

New Jersey is the birthplace of modern paleontology. In 1858 the first complete dinosaur skeleton was discovered in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

The first ever brewery in America was opened in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1642.

Monopoly, the board game, is based on the actual streets in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Atlantic City has the largest boardwalk (six miles) in the world. It's the home of the Miss America beauty pageant. Donald Trump owned a hotel and a casino in Atlantic City, The  Taj Mahal, but it eventually failed.

The Holland Tunnel between New Jersey and New York became the first ventilated underwater tunnel in 1927.

Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Jerry Lewis (comedians); Buzz Aldrin (astronaut), Aaron Burr (vice president), Count Basie (jazz musician), Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen (rock stars), Grover Cleveland (president), Stephen Crane(song writer), Albert Einstein (duh!), Richard Nixon (Tricky Dick), Norman Schwarzkopf (five star general), Frank Sinatra (Old Blue Eyes), Whitney Houston(singer), Paul Simon (song writer), Jack Nicholson, John Travolta, and Bruce Willis(actors) are some famous New Jerseyans.

Jersey Shore
The Real Housewives of New Jersey

The Apprentice filmed at Trump Organization properties in New Jersey
Aqua Teen Hunger Force set in New Jersey
Batman set in Gotham City, a fictional city of New Jersey
Boardwalk Empire set in Atlantic City during the Prohibition Era
Cake Boss  set at Carlo's Bake Shop in Hoboken
The Sopranos filmed in Essex County in New Jersey 

Okay some history:
1660=Dutch settle in the New Jersey area
1664= British seize control of New Jersey
1756=Princeton University established
1766=Rutgers University established
1783=Princeton serves as the nation's capital
1790=New Jersey is the first state to sign the Bill of Rights
1804=Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr duel at Weehawken   My Shot
1879=Thomas Edison invents a incandescent lamp at Menlo Park
1880-2020= a bunch of other stuff happened

I have no particular memories of New Jersey other than my family drove through it on the way to Maine, which I have no distinct memories of either.

I do have some interesting recollections of New Mexico. Let's go there and remember to take a left turn at Albuquerque.



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