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Trenton was not always the capital city of New Jersey

Trenton was not always the capital city of New Jersey
BY ERIC MODEL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
JOURNEYS INTO NEW JERSEY

We take Trenton as our capital as a given. But it was not always that way.

As in our nation's history, Philadelphia and New York were national capitals before Washington D.C. Similarly, New Jersey had a number of capitals before Trenton.

Not too long ago, we described how for many years as a colony New Jersey had been divided between East Jersey and West Jersey. Each had its respective capital – Perth Amboy for the east and Burlington for West Jersey. Even after the colony was united into one by the British, the two capitals endured until 1776.

But there were others. Elizabeth is described as having been New Jersey's first capital. Governor Phillip Carteret made Elizabethtown the capital of the province of New Jersey and the first legislature met here on May 30, 1668.

In Elizabeth, almost four centuries later, signs of the early New Jersey capital can still be seen around town: Places such as Boxwood Hall, Bonnell House and the Belcher-Ogden Mansion.

 

The Sukkah arrives for Jewish holiday

The Sukkah arrives for Jewish holiday
BY JEANETTE FRIEDMAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

In recent weeks, New York Magazine featured Sukkah City — a green, architecture contest for the most interesting Sukkah. The winning designers work was showcased...

New Jersey Halloween event changes and cancellations

New Jersey Halloween event changes and cancellations
BY ALICIA CRUZ
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

New Jersey Fire Department officials have a new treat for ghouls and goblins in Toms River and surrounding towns. Trick-or-treating, which is usually held on Oct. 30...

Helpful tips for fall college visits

Helpful tips for fall college visits
BY JASMINE MARCUS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Fall is a great time to visit colleges. Students are back at school, the weather isn't bad yet (hopefully), and application deadlines are still a few months away....

Boy with lighter suspended for bringing weapon to school

Boy with lighter suspended for bringing weapon to school
BY PAM LOBLEY
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
NOW THAT'S FUNNY

A fifth-grader at Grace M. Breckwedel Middle School, in Jamesburg, N.J., was suspended for bringing a lighter to school on Wednesday. He found the li...

N.J. college stops free condom service for safe sex

N.J. college stops free condom service for safe sex

Drew University changes policy due to budget concerns and theft

BY JILLIAN RISBERG
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Safe sex is no longer free at Drew University. Despite staggering tuition of nearly $40,000, whic...

New Jersey among top states exporting residents

New Jersey among top states exporting residents
BY JILLIAN RISBERG
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

We've all heard the taunts, "Oh, you're from New Jersey — you mean the armpit of America." The Garden State often seems to get a bad rap but do the locals thems...

Contractors' guarantees are no guarantee at all

Contractors' guarantees are no guarantee at all
BY LORI SENDER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

Our roofer was looking rather frail so I asked for some type of guarantee on his work. He turned to me in earnest that clear fall day and vowed his busine...

New Jersey school buses may feature ads

New Jersey school buses may feature ads
BY PAM LOBLEY
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
NOW THAT'S FUNNY

A bill is being considered in Trenton to allow school districts to sell ads on the sides of their school buses. This would help districts raise money...

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