Record highest temperature – 110 F (43 C) – July 10, 1936
Record lowest temperature – -34 F (-37 C) – January 5, 1904
Date Joined Union – December 18, 1787
Date Joined Union rank – 3rd
Adjoining states or countries – New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware
Flag Fact – The flag of the state of New Jersey includes the state’s coat of arms on a buff-colored background. The buff color is due indirectly to George Washington, who had ordered that the uniform coats of the New Jersey Continental Like be dark blue, with buff facings. The Continental War Officers in Philadelphia later directed that the uniform coat facings of all regiments were to be the same as the background color of the regiments’ state flag.
State quarter – The New Jersey quarter, the third state quarter issued, depicts General George Washington and members of the Continental Army crossing the Delaware River en route to very important victories during the Revolutionary War. Underneath the depiction are the words “CROSSROADS OF THE REVOLUTION.” Above the image is the year of New Jersey’s ratification of the U.S. Constitution 1787.
State seal – The Great Seal of the State of New Jersey (adopted in 1777 and modified in 1928) includes:
A shield with three plows, representative of New Jersey’s agricultural tradition
A forward-facing knight’s helmet
A horse’s head as the crest of the helmet
The female figures Liberty and Ceres, representative of the state’s motto
A streamer at the foot of the emblem, containing the state motto “Liberty and Prosperity,” as well as its year of statehood (1776)