New Jersey and Oregon are the only U.S. states that ban self-service gas stations. These laws were seemingly made to protect customers from deadly accidents, but their effectiveness is disputed.
Bruce Springsteen’s classic, Born to Run, almost became the official song of New Jersey until legislators listened to the lyrics and realized the song was about wanting to get out of New Jersey.
The Italian words widely used in New Jersey differ greatly from mainstream Italian today not because of bad “copying” but because the words came from people speaking an Italian dialect that subsequently died out in Italy.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey raised the tolls on bridges and tunnels by 56% to help pay for the construction of the One World Trade Center, then decided against using any of the proceeds for that purpose.
A New Jersey Forest Fire Service firewarden can summon any person aged 18 to 50 to assist in putting out wildfires—and it’s against the law to refuse.
New Jersey once tried to use eminent domain on an elderly woman’s home and transfer it to Donald Trump so that he could build a limousine parking lot there. They later lost in court.
In New Jersey there are cards issued by “Policemen’s Benefit Associations” that can essentially get friends/family of the police out of minor tickets.
Due to state border technicalities, the Statue of Liberty is actually located in New Jersey, not New York.
In the 1960’s, the United States disposed of over 100 tons of deadly VX nerve agent by loading it onto a boat and sinking it off the shore of New Jersey.