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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
May 21, 2013 7:29 pm
It's tick season, and that means the chances of catching Lyme disease go way up.
May 21, 2013 5:14 pm
Officials are trying to determine what caused the floor of a northern New Jersey warehouse to open up, swallowing a forklift and the man who was running it.
May 21, 2013 4:42 pm
A Flanders teenager is facing drug charges after being found in possession of a variety of drugs including LSD, ecstasy and mushrooms, police said.
May 21, 2013 4:11 pm
Two weeks before the primary, township residents will be able to meet and hear from council and mayoral hopefuls at a candidates' forum 6 p.m. today at the Lake Parsippany Rescue and Recovery Hall, 1...
May 21, 2013 3:35 pm
Moviegoers have extra time to see summer blockbusters like Memorial Day sequels 'Fast and Furious 6' and 'The Hangover Part III' after a last-minute deal was reached to delay the closing of Clearview ...
May 21, 2013 12:47 am
A 34-year-old man is accused of driving drunk with a child in the car, police said.
May 20, 2013 4:20 pm
Actavis and Warner Chilcott announced Monday that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Actavis will acquire Warner Chilcott in a stock-for-stock transaction valued at approximatel...