New Jersey, the "Garden" state, one of the original 13 colonies, was the 3rd state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1787. New Jersey is in the Middle Atlantic region of the U.S. with Pennsylvania and Delaware to the west and New York and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.
Large cities in include Newark and Jersey City and Trenton is the capital.
New Jersey's topography ranges from the Atlantic coastal plain which makes up two-thirds of the state to the mountains and highlands of the Appalachia in the northwest.
The climate ranges from hot and humid summers to cold and wet winters, while slightly colder in the northwest. Annual precipitation levels are higher than average.
Leading sectors in New Jersey's economy are pharmaceuticals, finance, chemicals and transportation, particularly shipping. New Jersey is a major producer of blueberries and cranberries. New Jersey ranks as a high tax state.
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