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Capital City: Trenton
Economy: Industry, tourism, agriculture, high technology, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals.
Language Description: English
Population: 8,414,350
Time Zone: 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-5 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is observed from the first Sunday in April until the last Sunday in October
Governor: Jim McGreevey, D (to Jan. 2006)
Senators: Frank R. Lautenberg, D (to Jan. 2009); Jon Corzine, D (to Jan. 2007)
Secy. of State: Regena L. Thomas (to Jan. 2006)
Treasurer: John E. McCormac
Atty. General: Peter C. Harvey, I (to Jan. 2006)
Entered Union (rank): Dec. 18, 1787 (3)
Present constitution adopted: 1947
Motto: Liberty and prosperity
State Symbols:
flower purple violet (1913)
bird eastern goldfinch (1935)
insect honeybee (1974)
tree red oak (1950)
animal horse (1977)
colors buff and blue (1965)
folk dance square dance
dinosaur hadrosaurus foulkii
fish brook trout
shell knobbed whelk
Nickname: Garden State
Origin of name: From the Channel Isle of Jersey
10 largest cities (2000): Newark, 273,546; Jersey City, 240,055; Paterson, 149,222; Elizabeth, 120,568; Edison, 97,687; Woodbridge, 97,203; Dover, 89,706; Hamilton, 87,109; Trenton, 85,403; Camden, 79,904
Land area: 7,417 sq mi. (19,210 sq km)
Geographic center: In Mercer Co., 5 mi. SE of Trenton
Number of counties: 21
Largest county by population and area: Bergen, 886,680 (2001); Burlington, 805 sq mi.
State forests: 11
State parks: 35 (67,111 ac.)
Residents: New Jerseyite, New Jerseyan