Monday, November 27, 2006

New Jersey 101

A little schoolin' for all of you not from the Garden State....

New Jersey is a peninsula.
Highlands, New Jersey has the highest elevation along the entire eastern
seaboard, from Maine to Florida.

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

New Jersey
has more race horses than Kentucky.

New Jersey
has more Cubans in Union City (1 sq mi.)
than Havana, Cuba.
New Jersey
has the densest system of highways
and railroads in the US.
New Jersey
has the highest cost of living, auto insurance and highest property taxes in the nation. (and why do we still live here????)

New Jersey
has the most diners in the world and is sometimes referred to as the "Diner Capital of the World."

New Jersey
is home to the original Mystery Pork Parts Club

(no, not
Spam): Taylor Ham or Pork Roll.

Home to the less mysterious but the best Italian hot dogs and Italian
sausage w/peppers and onions.

North Jersey
has the most shopping malls in one area in the world, with seven major shopping malls in a 25 square mile radius.

New Jersey
is home to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

The Passaic River was the site of the first submarine
ride by inventor John P. Holland .
New Jersey has 50+ resort cities & towns; some of the nation's most
famous: Asbury Park, Wildwood, Atlantic City, Seaside Heights, Long Branch, Cape May.

New Jersey
has the most stringent testing along our coastline for water quality control than any other seaboard state
in the entire country.
New Jersey
is a leading technology & industrial state and is the largest chemical producing state in the nation when you include pharmaceuticals.

tomatoes are known the world over as being the best you can buy. New Jersey is the world leader in blueberry and cranberry production (and here you thought Massachusetts?)

Here's to New Jersey - the toast of the country! In 1642,
the first brewery in America, opened in Hoboken.
New Jersey
rocks! The famous Les Paul invented the first solid body electric guitar in Mahwah, in 1940.

New Jersey
is a major seaport state with the largest seaport in the US, located in Elizabeth. Nearly 80 percent of what our nation imports comes through Elizabeth Seaport first.

New Jersey
is home to one of the nation's busiest airports
(in Newark), Liberty International.
George Washington slept here. Several important Revolutionary War
battles were fought on New Jersey soil, led by General George Washington.

The light bulb, phonograph (record player), and motion picture
projector, were invented by Thomas Edison in his Menlo Park, NJ, laboratory.
We also boast the first town ever lit by incandescent bulbs.

The first seaplane was built in Keyport , NJ.

The first airmail (to Chicago) was started from Keyport, NJ.

The first phonograph records were made in Camden, NJ.

New Jersey
was home to the Miss America Pageant
held in Atlantic City.
The game Monopoly, played all over the world, named the streets on its
playing board after the actual streets in Atlantic City. And, Atlantic City has the longest boardwalk in the world, not to mention salt water taffy.

New Jersey
has the largest petroleum containment area
outside of the Middle East countries.
The first Indian reservation was in New Jersey,
in the Watchung Mountains.
New Jersey
has the tallest water-tower in the world. (Union, NJ!!!)

New Jersey
had the first medical center, in Jersey City.

The Pulaski SkyWay, from Jersey City to Newark, was
the first skyway highway.
NJ built the first tunnel under a river, the Hudson (Holland Tunnel).
The first baseball game was played in Hoboken, NJ, which is also the birthplace of Frank Sinatra.

The first intercollegiate football game was played in New Brunswick in
1889 (Rutgers College played Princeton).

The first drive-in movie theater was opened in Camden, NJ,
(but they're all gone now!).
New Jersey
is home to 2 out of 3 of "NEW YORK'S"
pro football teams!
The first radio station and broadcast was in
Paterson, NJ.

The first FM radio broadcast was made from Alpine, NJ,
by Maj. Thomas Armstrong.

All New Jersey natives: Sal Martorano, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Jason Alexander, Queen Latifah, Susan Sarandon, Connie Francis, Shaq, Judy Blume, Aaron Burr, Joan Robertson, Ken Kross, Dionne Warwick, Sarah Vaughn, Budd Abbott, Lou Costello, Alan Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Marilynn McCoo, Flip Wilson, Alexander Hamilton, Whitney Houston, Eddie Money, Linda McElroy, Eileen Donnelly, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Walt Whitman, Jerry Lewis, Tom Cruise, Joyce Kilmer, Bruce Willis, Caesar Romero, Lauryn Hill, Ice-T, Nick Adams, Nathan Lane, Sandra Dee, Danny DeVito, Richard Conti, Joe Pesci, Joe Piscopo, Joe DePasquale, Robert Blake, John Forsythe, Meryl Streep, Loretta Swit, Norman Lloyd, Paul Simon, Jerry Herman, Gorden McCrae,Kevin Spacey, John Travolta, Phyllis Newman, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Eva Marie Saint, Elisabeth Shue, Zebulon Pike, James Fennimore Cooper, Admiral Wm.Halsey,Jr., Dave Thomas (Wendy's),William Carlos Williams, Ray Liotta, Robert Wuhl, Bob Reyers, Paul Robeson, Ernie Kovacs, Joseph Macchia, Kelly Ripa, and, of course, Francis Albert Sinatra and "Uncle Floyd" Vivino.

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