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New Jersey State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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Designation Symbol / Emblem AdoptedList by year of adoption


New Jersey Legislature. New Jersey Permanent Statutes. <http://lis.njleg.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/om_isapi.dll?clientID=597227&depth=2&expandheadings=off&headingswithhits=on&infobase=statutes.nfo&softpage=TOC_Frame_Pg42> Accessed January 3, 2011.
Shankle, George Earlie. State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols. Irvine, Calif.: Reprint Services Corp, Revised edition, 1971.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.

Great seal Find out more... 1777
Flag Find out more... 1896
Bird Eastern goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) 1935
Tree Red oak (Quercus borealis maxima) 1950
Memorial tree Dogwood (Cornus Florida) 1951
Colors Buff and Jersey Blue 1965
Flower Common meadow violet (Viola sororia) 1972
Bug Honey bee (Apis mellifera) 1974
Animal Horse (Equus caballus) 1977
American folk dance Square dance 1983
Dinosaur Hadrosaurus foulkii 1991
Fish Brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) 1992
Shell Knobbed whelk (Busycon carica gmelin) 1995
Tall ship A.J. Meerwald 1998
Fruit Highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) 2004
Butterfly Black swallowtail butterfly (Papilio polyxenes) 2016

Making laws in New Jersey

The New Jersey legislature offers How a Bill Becomes Law in New Jersey to help us understand how laws are made in the state and Historical Information to provide a background history of the legislature.

Additional Information

Facts & Symbols: The Official Website For the State of New Jersey.

NJ State Symbols: The New Jersey Legislature.

New Jersey Facts and Symbols
New Jersey
Facts and Symbols

Shelley Swanson Sateren

New Jersey Facts and Symbols, by Shelley Swanson Sateren. 24 pages. Publisher: Capstone Press; Rev Upd edition (August 2003) Reading level: Grades 3-4. Interest level: Grades 3-9. Perfect for report writing! Easy-to-read text covers major New Jersey symbols such as the state flag, seal, bird, tree, flower, animal, and more. A "Fast Facts" section highlights the state's capital city, largest city, physical size, population, natural resources, farm products, and primary manufactured goods. Also included are full-page maps that introduce the concept of the map key, which is great for teaching map-reading skills.

State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols
State Names, Seals
Flags and Symbols

Benjamin F. Shearer
Barbara S. Shearer

State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols, by Benjamin F. Shearer, Barbara S. Shearer. 544 pages. Greenwood Press; 3 Sub edition (October 30, 2001) This is one of the best, and most comprehensive, books we could find about the official state names and nicknames, mottoes, seals, flags, capitols, flowers, trees, birds, songs, and miscellaneous designations of each state. This, coupled with the 1938 Shankle book, formed the basis of our symbol library. If you're serious about your states symbols, you'll want to have this book and the one below. This book also contains information about state holidays, license plates, sports teams, universities and other trivia.

State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols, by George Earlie Shankle. 522 pages. Reprint Services Corp; Revised edition (June 1971) Reprint of the 1938 revised edition. The first comprehensive book about our state symbols! From the preface: "This book grew out of the desire of its author to know, about his native state, a great many facts which he found exceedingly difficult to obtain. After three years of research in the Library of Congress, he is able to give to the public this storehouse of information, which could have been gathered from not library less fertile in source material..."

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