Miss New Jersey USA
TypeBeauty pageant
Miss USA
Official language
Key people
Deborah Miller
Cindy Provost
WebsiteOfficial website

The Miss New Jersey USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of New Jersey in the Miss USA pageant. It is produced by D&D Productions.

New Jersey has yet to win the Miss USA title, although from 1989 to 1991 they had two 2nd runners-up and one 1st runner-up in a row. Two years later, another Miss New Jersey USA placed in the finals, and in 2008, Tiffany Andrade finished as 2nd runner up, one of three Miss New Jersey USAs to place third at Miss USA. In the year 2017, 1st runner-up placement was achieved by Miss New Jersey USA 2017, Chhavi Verg. The most recent placement was Gina Mellish in 2020, placing Top 10.

Five Miss New Jersey USA titleholders have held the Miss New Jersey Teen USA title and two have competed at Miss America.

Derby Chukwudi of Hoboken was crowned Miss New Jersey USA 2023 on March 19, 2023. She will represent New Jersey for the title of Miss USA 2023.

Gallery of titleholders

Results summary


New Jersey holds a record of 19 placements at Miss USA.



Color key
Year Name Hometown Age[a] Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2023 Derby Chukwudi Hoboken 25 TBA TBA
2022 Alexandra Lakhman Hoboken 26
2021 Celinda Ortega Fair Lawn 26
2020 Gina Mellish Oceanport 20 Top 10
2019 Manya Saaraswat Morganville 21 Born in India, Miss World America Pennsylvania 2020 & 2nd runner-up at Miss World America 2020[1]
2018 Alexa Noone Bayonne 23 Top 10
2017 Chhavi Verg Edison 19 1st runner-up Born in India
2016 Jessielyn Palumbo Wayne 23
2015 Vanessa Oriolo Colts Neck 21
2014 Emily Shah Edison 18 Top 20 Previously Miss Teen India 2011 and first runner up at Miss Teen World 2011. Opened Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey.
2013 Libell Duran[2] Keasbey 22 Born in Dominican Republic
Previously Miss Comunidad Dominicana en Estados Unidos 2010 and 3rd Runner-Up at Miss Dominican Republic 2010
2012 Michelle Leonardo Tinton Falls 20 Top 10 Previously Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2008
2011 Julianna White Haddon Township 21 Previously Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2006
2010 Chenoa Greene Atco 24
2009 Kaity Rodriguez Clifton 24
2008 Tiffany Andrade Linden 22 2nd runner-up
2007 Erin Abrahamson Essex Fells 23
  • Originally first runner-up, assumed the title after Ashley Harder's resignation
  • Previously Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2001
  • Later Mrs. New Jersey 2015
Ashley Harder Marlton 20 did not compete Resigned in January 2007 due to pregnancy and failing to follow pageant rules
2006 Jessica Boyington Sicklerville 20 Is now NBC 10 Philadelphia's morning traffic reporter.
2005 Sylvia Pogorzelski East Hanover 20 YouTube personality Grace Helbig placed 7th in this competition
2004 Janaye Ingram Cherry Hill 25
2003 Vanessa Baker Marlton 23
2002 Robin Williams Lawrenceville
2001 Jeannette Josue Jersey City
2000 Michelle Graci Jamesburg
1999 Melissa McLaughlin Cinnaminson
1998 Kelli Paarz Linwood Previously Miss New Jersey Teen USA 1994, top 12 in Miss Teen USA 1994
1997 Jennifer Makris Cranbury 23 Top 10 Previously Miss New Jersey 1994, 2nd runner up at Miss America 1995
1996 Christina Augustyn Woodbridge 24
1995 Christy Joy Pittner Ventnor
1994 Rosa Velez Newark
1993 Amy Fissel Ocean City 25 Top 6 Previously Miss New Jersey 1991
1992 Kathy Kasprak Edison
1991 Charlotte Ray Camden 24 1st runner-up Miss Congeniality Later Miss World USA 1991 and Semi-finalist at Miss World 1991
1990 Karin Hartz Voorhees 24 2nd runner-up
1989 Deborah Lee Husti Rockaway 21 2nd runner-up Semifinalist at Miss International 1989 as Miss USA
1988 Colleen Carlone Parsippany
1987 Stacey Fox East Brunswick 19
1986 Lisa Summeroury-Perry Egg Harbor Township Miss Congeniality Represented New Jersey in Miss Oktoberfest 1987, did not place
1985 Francie Knapp Linwood
1984 Diane Everett Qualter Englewood
1983 Ann Marie Brucato Bloomfield
1982 Janice Lynn Straub Cherry Hill
1981 Christy Garthwaite Tuckerton
1980 Joni Peifer Franklinville
1979 Robin Senatore Jackson
1978 Sheryl Ann Hoehn Clark
1977 Juanita McCarty Pemberton 18 Semi-finalist 1st runner-up at Miss World USA 1976 as Miss Pennsylvania, 1st runner-up at Mrs America 1988
1976 Ginger Hagaman Weekstown
1975 Cathy Russell Cranford 19 Semi-finalist
1974 Patricia Sims Jackson
1973 Patricia Everett Runnemede
1972 Leila DeSantis Point Pleasant
1971 Brenda Joyce White Delair
1970 Ellen Cream Pennsauken
1969 Nancy Fromel Washington
1968 Linda Papa Secaucus
1967 Jean Galata Union City
1966 Jo Ann Franchi Camden
1965 Kay Franzen Bridgeton
1964 Barbara Joan Richartz Stratford 19 Semi-finalist
1963 Judy Kay Ayars Salem
1962 Joyce Claire Thomson Bellmar
1961 Diane Gierson Red Bank 19 Semi-finalist
1960 Sandy Chudy Bound Brook 20 Semi-finalist
1959 Geraldine Binder Irvington
1958 Faye Hasenauer Menlo Park Terrace
1957 Jeanne Lewis Kearny
1956 Dolores Winfield Cranford 21 Semi-finalist
1955 Beverly Rogers Maywood
1954 Evelyn Orowitz Collingswood 20 Semi-finalist Sister of Actor Michael Landon
1953 Susan Ruth Harris Haddonfield
1952 Ruth Jane Hampton Merchantville 20 Top 10
  1. ^ Age at the time of crowning


  1. ^ "Miss World America 2020 Winners – Miss World America". Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  2. ^ "Libell Duran Crowned Miss New Jersey USA 2013". Beauty Pageant News. October 21, 2012. Retrieved January 21, 2013.