43 New Jersey Facts They Never Taught You In High School

These facts about the Garden State are sure to surprise you.

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1. New Jersey is ranked #6 for states with most pizza stores per capita.


2. In fact, New Jersey actually has more pizza stores per capita than New York. Take that, New York pizza.


3. And pizza isn’t the only thing New York takes all the credit for when New Jersey deserves the real cred: the underwater portion of Liberty Island (the island that The Statue of Liberty sits on) is part of New Jersey, not New York.


4. There is an “elephant” named Lucy in Margate, just 6 miles outside of Atlantic City, that is the world’s largest elephant: she’s a 6 story building weighing 90 tons and covering 12,000 square feet. If you climb her spiral staircase, you can get great views of the smiley face water town.


5. Everyone knows the movie “Clerks,” but most people don’t know that the Quick Stop where they filmed the movie is located in Leonardo, NJ.


6. You don’t know anything about diners until you’ve been to Jersey: New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is sometimes referred to as the diner capital of the world.


7. Elm Street in Westfield is the location of an eerie, Victorian-style house that inspired the notorious mansion in “The Addams Family.” Charles Addams, the writer of the “Addams Family,” grew up near the home in Westfield and said he drew his inspiration for the Addams Family mansion from the house.


8. The White House Sub Shop in Atlantic City is more than just a great place to get a good old-fashioned Jersey sub: it’s also home to the pink towel Frank Sinatra used during his last performance in Atlantic City. It’s said that Frank Jr., Frank Sinatra’s son, always gets a sub at The White House Sub Shop when he’s in town, so if you stop by you might just see him!


9. Everyone wants to live in New Jersey: New Jersey has the highest population density in the U.S. An average 1,030 people per sq. mi., which is 13 times the national average.


10. New Jersey has the densest system of highways and railroads in the U.S.—they’ve got to accommodate the travel needs of all of those people after all.


11. New Jerseyans are techies: Software and software related companies account for nearly 2,700 companies in New Jersey.


12. If it weren’t for Thomas Edison and his Jersey-based experiments, “Hollywood” might’ve been based on the East Coast, not the West. The movie industry is only based in Hollywood because moviemakers were trying to get away from Thomas Edison, who was based in New Jersey. He had patents covering virtually the entire movie making process, but the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California was known to rule against patent claims and so most filmmakers went off to California!


13.That doesn’t mean New Jersey doesn’t love film. The first Drive-In Movie theatre was actually opened in Camden.


14.New Jerseyans love the New York Giants and the New York Jets. And there’s a reason for it. The Giants and Jets, though both officially New York Sports Teams, train and play their games on New Jersey turf at the MetLife field.


15.New Jersey is one of only two states (the other being Oregon) that requires attendants to pump gas at gas stations. There are many arguments for and against this way of doing things, but mostly New Jersey argues that insurance costs for gas stations decrease when you have an attendee pumping the gas.


16.New Jerseyans are smart: the state has more engineers and scientists per square mile than anywhere else in the world.


17.There’s a full size granite replica of a Mercedes Benz used as a headstone in Linden Park Cemetery in Union County.


18.In New Jersey, people convicted of drunk driving are banned from using vanity plates. If you’re gonna drive insane, you’re not allowed to be vain…


19.New Jersey knows a thing or two about R&R: Cape May in New Jersey holds the distinction of being the oldest seashore resort in the United States and one of the most unique.


20. Everyone wants to visit Jersey: tourism is the second-largest industry in New Jersey.


21. The Garden State knows how to shop: North Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area in the world with seven major shopping malls in a 25 sq. mile radius.


22. New Jersey was more involved in the founding of America than you might think: during the American Revolution, there were more battles and clashes in New Jersey than in any other colony.


23. And speaking of revolutionary: Jersey was the only state to allow women to vote in the wake of the American Revolution.


24.Columbia, NJ is home to the Lakota Wolf Preserve in the woods at Camp Taylor. You can go for a guided walk through the preserve to try and catch a glimpse of the wolves.


25. The Simpsons made a Jersey bar famous: Bart’s prank calls to Moe’s Tavern on The Simpsons is primarily based off a series of popular prank calls made to a New Jersey bar in the mid-1970s.


26.New Jersey is great for a lot of things, but flying in and out of Newark Airport is not one of those good things: 40% of the most-delayed flights in USA are either coming from or going to Newark, New Jersey, according to The Bureau of Transportation Statistics.


27. Forget what you think you know about where baseball was born. Hoboken, New Jersey is the site of the first organized baseball game and is therefore totally the birthplace of baseball (Sorry, Cooperstown! You’re not all that…)


28.But NJ has more than baseball history: The first intercollegiate football game was played in New Brunswick, in 1869. Rutgers College played Princeton. Rutgers won.


29.The game Monopoly used street names in Atlantic City to come up with the street names for the game.


30. Atlantic City has the longest boardwalk in the world. Talk about a boardwalk empire…


31. New Jersey is home to some of the best: Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and Jack Nicholson were all born in New Jersey. In fact, Jack Nicholson, who was raised by his grandparents in Neptune Park, was even voted the Class Clown of Manasquan High School in 1954.


32. New Jersey knows that geology rocks: about 10% of all known minerals in the world can be found in the Sterling Hill Mine in New Jersey. 35 of the minerals found in this mine have never been found anywhere else in the world, and 91 of the minerals mine are fluorescent. Meaning they glow in the freaking dark. Yeah, NJ is magical.


33.Grover’s Mill Coffee House has murals that depict a strange bit of NJ history: painted on the walls is the scene of the imaginary alien attack on nearby Grover’s Mill, made famous by the radio broadcast, “War of The Worlds.” This broadcast was so convincing that had everyone in Jersey thinking there was an actual alien attack. The coffee shop is also home to some pretty sweet artifacts from the “War of the Worlds” movies, signed by the actors themselves.


34. A 0.25 square mile town of Tavistock, consisting of 5 people, was created in New Jersey just so that the country club members in the area could play golf on Sunday.


35. Ever wonder why there’s a sell by date on water? The only reason bottled water has a sell by date in the US is because of a law in New Jersey requiring one for everything.


36. There’s a 42-acre sculpture park and museum located in Hamilton, New Jersey called Grounds For Sculpture. It’s currently home to a famous statue of Marilyn Monroe.


37. Speaking of statues, there’s a 30-foot-tall Buddha statue built by a Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka hidden in a backyard in New Jersey. It was built as a part of the New Jersey Buddhist monastery and currently resides behind an old house in Princeton, which is now used as a monastery for monks.


38.Everyone knows that Jersey Mike’s is great place to get a sub, but not everyone knows that the owner, Cancro, has a secret menu. Try the Cancro Special, his signature and personal favorite sandwich, with roast beef, provolone, and pepperoni, all grilled and toasted to perfection. You could also ask for the chipotle mayo or the owner’s secret spice shaker.


39. The state of New Jersey once tried to use eminent domain on an elderly woman’s home so that the property could be transferred to Donald Trump. He wanted to use the space as a limousine parking lot, but lost in court.


40. You’d never guess it, but tucked away between the Turnpike and Route 1 is Rutgers Garden, an oasis of beauty in the midst of a university city. It’s home to America’s second largest collection of holly, but there’s also a variety of fruits and vegetables, and they have their own awesome farmers market.


41. Martinka’s in Midland Park is America’s Oldest Magic Shop. You can visit and can see artifacts from famous magicians throughout history, but also purchase some magic tricks yourself. Plus, the previous owner of the shop was Houdini himself in 1919.


42. New Jersey can be a bit “explosive”: Rutan Hill in Sussex County sits on the remains of a volcanic site. It hasn’t been active in 440 million years, but this current hill used to be a lava-spewing volcano!


43. New Jersey is open for gamers: there’s an arcade museum on the Asbury Park boardwalk called the Silverball Museum Arcade that is home to 180+ functioning vintage pinball and arcade games. It’s one of only three arcade museums in the world.

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