This Day in History: December 18, 1787
New Jersey, The Garden State, The Clam State, The Jersey Blue State
The Garden State boast a history of agriculture and fertile soil with awe-inspiring sights of sunny shores and city views. New Jersey is the leading producer of cranberries, blueberries and tomatoes. Summertime invites each child (or the child in all of us) from New Jersey and beyond to stroll Wildwood’s boardwalk – “a two mile long human circus of noise, honky-tonk, and amusement rides.”
The first board walk in the world was built in 1870 at Atlantic city. From the Jersey Shore to the City of Hoboken, from Camden to Cape May, from the Miss America pageant to hit the jackpot at the slot machines in Atlantic City, there is never a dull moment.
One of the original 13 colonies, New Jersey was an important battleground during the American Revolution. On December 18, 1787, New Jersey became the third state to ratify the United States Constitution, which was overwhelmingly popular throughout the state, as it prevented New York and Pennsylvania from charging and keeping tariffs on goods imported from Europe. On November 20, 1789, the state became the first in the newly formed Union to ratify the Bill of Rights. The capital of New Jerseyis Trenton.