A lot of people know that “The Garden State” refers to New Jersey. Not all people though know where this came from, why it has been the monicker of the state, and who thought of giving the said nick name.
The State government of New Jersey tried to explain this in its official website. In their article, they mentioned the history of the slogan. Ad the personalities involved in naming New Jersey s such.
“Abraham Browning of Camden is given credit for giving New Jersey the nickname the Garden State. According to Alfred Heston’s 1926 two-volume book Jersey Waggon Jaunts, Browning called New Jersey the Garden State while speaking at the Philadelphia Centennial exhibition on New Jersey Day (August 24, 1876). Browning said that our Garden State is an immense barrel, filled with good things to eat and open at both ends, with Pennsylvanians grabbing from one end and New Yorkers from the other. The name stuck ever since.”
Read the whole text here.
In 2017, the state nickname has become an official state slogan. The website NewJersey.com published an article on this, saying the slogan was given special status following the orders of the governor.
“Just hours before he and his family head overseas for a 10-day summer vacation, Gov. Chris Christie on Monday signed into law 50 bills, including one inspired by a Girl Scout troop who wondered why New Jersey had an official state bird, state flower, state shell, state dinosaur and even a state tall ship — but no state slogan. A law requiring “Garden State” to appear on New Jersey license plates was enacted in 1954, but until now the phrase had not received special legal status.”
Read the rest of the report here.
Local online publication New Jersey Monthly meanwhile says that no matter how many objections there were in calling the state, the “garden state,” there apparently rises enough reasons why the nick name should stick. New Jersey Tourism Authority
“Agriculture is New Jersey’s third largest industry, behind pharmaceuticals and tourism, generating $65 billion a year. The state ranks second in the country in production of both culinary herbs and blueberries, and it boasts more horses than Kentucky. A full 806,000 acres, or 17 percent of the state, still comprises farmland, a designation that includes nurseries, vineyards and orchards, horse farms, and produce and livestock farms.”
The whole article can be read from here.
New Jersey’s support for its agricultural industry could also be a reason why the nick name should remain.