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The New Jersey State Motto
The New Jersey motto was adopted in 1777 and is:

"Liberty and prosperity"

The Meaning of the New Jersey State Motto
The meaning of this famous motto reflects the hopes of the people of New Jersey following the outbreak of the War of Independence (17751783). Liberty was obviously of prime importance to the patriots but the reference to prosperity reflected their hopes for the future. Tied to the taxes imposed by the British government the prospect of being free from this burden and being able to take part in deciding on their own taxes was clearly on the minds and provided inspiration to the politicians of New Jersey.

"Liberty and prosperity"


The New Jersey State Nickname
The New Jersey Motto is complimented by a less formal, popular New Jersey nickname which, combined with the motto, are highly descriptive of the people, the geography and the history of the state. The names used as nicknames are:

New Jersey State Nickname List
Official Nickname: Garden State
The Clam State
The Camden & Amboy State
Crossroads of the American Revolution

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The Origin and Meaning of the New Jersey Nicknames
The American citizens who live in, or who come from New Jersey, are referred to as New Jerseyites or New Jerseyans. The history, origin and meaning of each of the state's nicknames are as follows:

The Garden State
The official nickname of the Garden State because of the productive farmland that also ranks high in the production of most garden vegetables together with fruits such as blueberries and cranberries, and the orchards of peach trees. The largest industry is chemicals, but this hardly has the pretty ring of the Garden nickname!

The Camden & Amboy
The Camden & Amboy nickname dates back to the time of the first railroads in particular the Camden & Amboy railway which was chartered on February 4, 1830 and was the first railroad to operate in the region. The 'John Bull' was the name of the ten ton engine which was shipped from England.

The Crossroads of the American Revolution
The Crossroads of the American Revolution refers to the 296 conflicts and battles fought in the region during the Revolutionary War of Independence (17751783). "Military Capital of the Revolution" was another, similar nickname. The names of the most famous battles fought in New Jersey were the Battles of Fort Lee, Millstone, Bound Brook, Short Hills, Monmouth and the infamous Baylor Massacre.

The Clam State
The Clam nickname is a reference to the clams from the Atlantic and those caught in the Delaware Bay area.


The Constitution of New Jersey
The constitution of New Jersey establishes the basic rights of its citizens and echoes the words and sentiments of the motto. The preamble (opening) of the constitution is as follows:

"We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing upon our endeavors to secure and transmit the same unimpaired to succeeding generations, do ordain and establish this Constitution."

Preamble of the Constitution of New Jersey


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