New Jersey – A Land of Contrasts

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New Jersey is one of the most densely populated states in the US. It’s also a state of many contrasts, from the high-rise apartments of the urban northeast to the sprawling farms of central and southern New Jersey and the enormous stretches of pine forest in the southeast (known as the Pine Barrens). It’s a place where you can roll dice on a casino floor in ritzy Atlantic City, settle into Victorian charm in Cape May or walk along endless sand beaches at the Jersey Shore.

The state’s history and culture are showcased in the many museums and historic sites in New Jersey. Art lovers can visit the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton with its planetarium, eye-catching archeology and natural history exhibits and 12,000 works of art. History buffs can take free guided tours of the historic New Jersey State House or learn about the state’s role in the Revolutionary War at Old Barracks Museum.

There are a multitude of natural wonders in New Jersey, as well. The state’s coastline offers ample opportunities for sailing, whale-watching and kayaking. There are many state parks to explore, including the beautiful

Great Bay estuary and its bayside beaches, which offer a wide variety of water sports. The state’s mountains and forests are ideal for hiking and biking, and the state has its own ski resort in the Pocono Mountains.

Foodies can enjoy a meal at one of the hundreds of classic diners in the state, where you can order a juicy cheeseburger and fries or an egg breakfast with pancakes. There are also thousands of farms across the state, where you can pick your own fruits and vegetables or taste artisanal cheeses directly from the maker.

The state flag of New Jersey features a buff (light yellow-brown) background and blue filigrees. The emblem depicts the Goddess of Liberty crowned with an olive branch and a cornucopia holding gifts of food. Beneath her are the state name, the date of statehood (1847) and the coats of arms of the two bordering states and the United States.

The Governor shall cause an investigation of the conduct of any officer or employee of this State receiving compensation from the State, except a member of the Senate or General Assembly or an officer elected by the Senate and General Assembly in joint meeting, or a judicial officer, to determine whether such person has exercised undue influence on or improperly influenced the performance of his or her duties, or committed any other corrupt or dishonest act. After notice and opportunity to be heard at a public hearing, the Governor may remove such officer or employee for cause.