List of state symbols
NicknameThe Garden State
MottoLiberty and Prosperity
Slogan"New Jersey: Come See For Yourself"
Foundation dayDecember 18, 1787 (1787-12-18)
Living insignia
BirdEastern goldfinch
ButterflyBlack swallowtail butterfly
Domestic animalGuide dog
FishBrook trout
FlowerCommon meadow violet
InsectEuropean honey bee
ReptileBog turtle
TreeNorthern red oak
VegetableJersey tomato
Inanimate insignia
DrinkCranberry juice
Folk danceSquare dance
ShellKnobbed whelk
ShipA. J. Meerwald
State route marker
Route marker
State quarter
New Jersey quarter dollar coin
Released in 1999
Lists of United States state symbols
Location of the state of New Jersey in the United States

This is a list of official symbols of the U.S. state of New Jersey. Official symbols of New Jersey are codified in the laws of New Jersey.


A decade-long campaign by a Haddon Township teacher led to the selection of Hadrosaurus foulkii as the official state fossil in June 1991. This example of the dinosaur was excavated in 1858 from a marl pit near Haddonfield as one of the most complete dinosaur skeletons to be reconstructed. It remains on display at the New Jersey State Museum, where it has been on display since 1931.[1]

In what The New York Times described as a "food fight", Assemblymember Clare Farragher argued in 2003 that the tomato has a strong historical association with the Garden State and that "the Jersey tomato does have a unique taste" that derives from the characteristics of the soil on the Atlantic coast.[2] Legislation ultimately passed in 2003 establishing the blueberry as New Jersey's official state fruit.[3]

In online balloting, "New Jersey: Come See For Yourself" was selected by the 11,000 participants in 2006 as the winner, from a slogan originally submitted by a resident of Passaic, New Jersey.[4] The Governor of New Jersey announced the new slogan in January 2006, after having previously rejected the slogan "We'll Win You Over", which had been developed by an advertising agency at the cost of $250,000 and was deemed to be "too negative and prone to ridicule". "Come See For Yourself" edged out second-place finisher "New Jersey: The Best Kept Secret" by approximately 100 votes.[5]

On May 10, 2019, New Jersey became the second state in the United States to have an Official State Microbe, the bacterium Streptomyces griseus.[6]

On January 21, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that officially designates the Seeing Eye dog as the state dog of New Jersey.[7]

On August 7, 2023, Senate President Nicholas Scutari, in his capacity as acting governor, signed a bill designating cranberry juice as New Jersey's state juice. The legislation was enacted after a successful proposal from Cinnaminson Township fourth grade students.[8]

State symbols

State bird Eastern goldfinch
(Carduelis tristis)[9]
State color Buff and Jersey Blue[10]
State cryptid Jersey Devil
(not classified)[9]
State dance Square dance[9]
State dinosaur Hadrosaurus foulkii[9]
State dog Seeing Eye Dog[9]
State fish Brook trout
(Salvelinus fontinalis)[9]
State flower Common meadow violet
(Viola sororia)[9]
State fruit Northern highbush blueberry
(Vaccinium corymbosum)[9]
State insect European honey bee
(Apis mellifera)[9]
State juice Cranberry juice[8]
State mammal Horse
(Equus caballus)[9]
State microbe Streptomyces griseus[11]
State mineral Franklinite[12]
State motto "Liberty and Prosperity"[13]
State nickname The Garden State
State reptile Bog turtle
(Glyptemys muhlenbergii))[14]
State slogan Come See For Yourself[4]
State song None[15]
State soil Downer[16]
State ship A. J. Meerwald[9]
State shell Knobbed whelk
(Busycon carica gmelin)[9]
State tree Northern red oak
(Quercus borealis maxima)
(syn. Quercus rubra)[9]
State memorial tree Dogwood
(Cornus Florida)
State vegetable Jersey tomato
(Lycopersicon esculentum)[17]

See also


  1. ^ Gray, Jerry. "New Jersey's Dinosaur In Need of a New Look; Replica From Hadrosaurus's Heyday Is Outdated, According to Expert", The New York Times, August 7, 1999. Accessed June 2, 2010.
  2. ^ Grabell, Michael J. "Up Front: Worth Noting; Is This a Food Fight Or the State Assembly?", The New York Times, March 2, 2003. Accessed June 2, 2010.
  3. ^ 52:9A-9 Legislative History Checklist Archived 2012-09-07 at, New Jersey State Library. Accessed June 2, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Governor's Call to Action, State of New Jersey, January 12, 2006. Accessed June 2, 2010.
  5. ^ Jones, Richard Lezin. "New Jersey Picks a Slogan: Come Read It for Yourself", The New York Times, January 13, 2006. Accessed February 19, 2024.
  6. ^ "New Jersey Legislature - Bills". Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  7. ^ "Seeing Eye® Dog Designated State Dog of New Jersey". (Press release). Retrieved 2020-01-22.
  8. ^ a b Redmond, Kimberly (2023-08-09). "Scutari signs bill designating NJ's official state juice". NJBIZ. BridgeTower Media. Retrieved 2023-08-09.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Symbols, State of New Jersey. Accessed February 19, 2024.
  10. ^ The New Jersey State Flag, State of New Jersey. Accessed June 2, 2010.
  11. ^ "New Jersey Legislature - Bills". Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  12. ^ "Office of the Governor | Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Designating Franklinite as State Mineral". Retrieved 2023-07-20.
  13. ^ Terhune, Albert Payson. "The Story of the States", The Pittsburgh Press, December 8, 1912. Accessed June 2, 2010.
  14. ^ Presinzano, Jessica. "New Jersey has a new state reptile and it's so fitting", The Record (Bergen County), June 19, 2018. Accessed June 26, 2018. "The Garden State has a new state reptile. In fact, it's the state's first, and it speaks to the heart of New Jersey. It's the bog turtle."
  15. ^ State of New Jersey – FAQs
  16. ^ New Jersey State Soil - Downer Archived 2010-05-27 at the Wayback Machine, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Accessed June 2, 2010.
  17. ^ Staff. "You Say Tomato", The New Yorker, March 21, 2005. Accessed June 2, 2010.