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New Jersey is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States of America. The state is named after the island of Jersey in the English Channel. It is bordered on the north by New York, on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, on the southwest by Delaware, and on the west by Pennsylvania. Parts of New Jersey lie within the metropolitan areas of New York and Philadelphia.
Inhabited by Native Americans for more than 2,800 years, the first European settlements in the area were established by the Swedes and Dutch in the early 1600s. The British later seized control of the region, which was granted to Sir George Carteret and John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton as the colony of New Jersey. New Jersey was an important site during the American Revolutionary War; several decisive battles were fought there. The winter quarters of the revolutionary army were established twice by George Washington in Morristown, which was called the military capital of the revolution. The New Jersey Journal, a newspaper published by Shepard Kollock, who established his press in Chatham during 1779, became a catalyst in the revolution. News of events came directly to Kollock from Washington's headquarters in nearby Morristown, which he published to boost the morale of the troops and their families, and he conducted lively debates about the efforts for independence with those who opposed and supported the cause he championed. Later, working-class cities such as Paterson and Trenton helped to drive the Industrial Revolution in the nineteenth century. New Jersey's position at the center of the BosWash megalopolis, between Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., fueled its rapid growth through the suburban boom of the 1950s and beyond.
Local News for Morris County, NJ
Apr 19, 2014 4:33 pm
They came not to bury Greystone, but to preserve it. Members and supporters of Preserve Greystone packed a room at the Morristown and Morris Township Library on Thursday for its official annual meetin...
Apr 19, 2014 2:45 pm
Students from the Christian Drama School in Boonton Township ? the majority walking barefoot ? took to the streets to commemorate the Good Friday walk of Jesus Christ carrying a cross to his crucifixi...
Apr 19, 2014 1:44 am
Instead of losing her heart on the first date, a town woman lost her tiny Yorkshire Terrier named 'Violet' and her flat-screen television to a man she met through an online dating website, police said...
Apr 19, 2014 1:06 am
The Mayor and township council praised the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry on Friday for accepting the their petition to conduct a public-health assessment to evaluate hydroge...
Apr 19, 2014 1:03 am
Morris County has purchased three new asphalt Hot Boxes to repair the many potholes left on county-maintained roads by the harsh winter.
Apr 18, 2014 10:43 pm
The Town Council is scheduled to meet on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, which is located at 1715 Route 46.
Apr 18, 2014 4:01 pm
PARSIPPANY: Little League is in full swing across Morris County, including Parsippany where they Par-Troy West league kicked off the season with a parade, opening ceremony and games.
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