New Jersey has been referred to as "The Garden State" literally for over a century. Heck, it's even on our license plates! But did you know that it's not an official slogan?

According to PIX 11 TV, the phrase "The Garden State" dates all the way back to the late 1800s, and the moniker has been used for everything from our longest highway (as pictured above), to any number of statewide events, and even a popular motion picture.

But it's never been an official state slogan.

You may remember, "New Jersey and You, Perfect Together" (I can still hear former Governor Tom Kean saying that in the ubiquitous commercials from the 1980s).

Or the more recent "New Jersey, Come See For Yourself" (actually, if I'm being honest, I don't remember that one, so I guess it didn't make much of an impression).

However, a new bill making its way through Trenton is aiming to make the relationship between the "Garden State" slogan and the state official.

But, before that happens, I want to know - what do you think the official slogan of New Jersey should be?

Here are a few off the top of my head:

  • New Jersey - What Exit Are You From?
  • New Jersey - The Constant State Of Construction
  • New Jersey - No, Snooki Isn't From Here
  • New Jersey - Come Smell For Yourself!
  • New Jersey - Not New York, Not Philadelphia

Actually, now that I think about it, that last one is already taken.

So what would you pick as our official slogan? Comment below and let us know your best suggestions!


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