Entered the Union: December 18, 1787
Origin of Name: from the British Channel Isle of Jersey
State Nickname: Garden State
State Tree: Red Oak
State Fruit: Blueberry
State Song: "I'm From New Jersey"
State Bird: Eastern Goldfinch
State Motto: Liberty and Prosperity
State Flower: Purple Violet
State Forests: 11 • State Parks: 39
State Mammal: Horse
Famous For: Princeton University, Tourist Resorts
Famous New Jerseyites: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Jerry Lewis (comedians), Edwin Aldrin (astronaut), Aaron Burr (Vice President), Count Basie (jazz), Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen (musicians), William J. Brennan, Antonin Scalia (US Supreme Court), Grover Cleveland (President), Stephen Crane (writer), Albert Einstein (scientist), Richard Nixon (President), H. Norman Schwarzkopf (general), Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Paul Simon (singers), Jack Nicholson, John Travolta, Dick Vitale (broadcaster) , Bruce Willis (actors), many more.