Written by: Janine Balekdjian, Consular Intern
Slogan: “New Jersey and You Are Perfect Together”
New Jersey may be small in area, but it is truly a microcosm of America. As the nation’s most densely populated state, New Jersey is home to dynamic cities like Hoboken and Jersey City in the north, the vast nature preserves of the Pine Barrens in the south, and a beautiful shoreline in the east. But New Jersey’s favorite citizens can give you a better picture of the state than we can:
Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, also served as Princeton University’s 13th President before becoming Governor of New Jersey. As President, Wilson was renowned for promoting progressive legislation domestically and developing a doctrine of national self-determination in his foreign policy. He is also the only U.S. President with a PhD, which he received at Princeton. Located in central New Jersey, Princeton University is one of the world’s top institutions of higher learning. Princeton was established in 1746, before American independence, and a battle of the American Revolution was even fought in Princeton’s Nassau Hall in 1777. Princeton’s striking historic architecture is a delight to visitors and students alike.
Bruce Springsteen is a rock singer who, in the tradition of Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan, focuses many of his songs on average American life. He often cites his New Jersey upbringing as the inspiration for his lyrics. Springsteen was born in Long Branch, a seaside town on the Jersey Shore, and has played many shows in clubs on the Jersey Shore throughout his career. The Jersey Shore includes towns and resort areas of all types, from the exciting Seaside Heights, which boasts a boardwalk with amusement park rides, to the tranquil Cape May, which is one of America’s oldest seaside resorts and is renowned for its Victorian architecture. Atlantic City, considered the Las Vegas of the East Coast, is also located on the Jersey Shore.
Derek Jeter, an All-Star shortstop and team captain of the New York Yankees, was born in Pequannock Township in northern New Jersey. Jeter has played 18 seasons with the Yankees, winning five World Series championships with the team. Although the Yankees play in nearby New York, many New Jersey residents are fans of either the Yankees or the New York Mets. New Jersey does not have its own baseball team, but it is home to the New Jersey Nets, a basketball team, and the New Jersey Devils, a hockey team, both of which play at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey hosts football teams New York Giants and New York Jets. The MetLife stadium, where the Giants and the Jets play, will host the Super Bowl in 2014.
History, education, resorts, and sports: all these and much more can be found throughout New Jersey, America’s third state.