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  • NJ A3437
  • Designates "Garden State" as State Slogan.
Introduced
(3/7/2016)
In Committee
(6/5/2017)
Crossed Over
(6/22/2017)
Passed
(6/22/2017)
Signed
(8/7/2017)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill designates "Garden State" as the official New Jersey State Slogan. New Jersey is home to more than 9,701 farms covering 715,057 acres of farmland. Food and agriculture account for New Jersey's third largest industry, generating approximately $1.14 billion in total sales in 2012. In 2012, New Jersey was also a national top-ten producer of cranberries, bell peppers, spinach, peaches, blueberries, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, apples, sweet corn, and snap beans. The phrase "Garden State" was first made popular by Abraham Browning of Camden, an attorney and the owner of Cherry Hill Farm, when he referred to New Jersey as the "Garden State" while speaking at the Philadelphia Centennial exhibition on New Jersey Day, August 24, 1876. Abraham Browning's reference of "Garden State" was meant to describe New Jersey's geographical and agricultural relationship with New York and Pennsylvania. New Jersey's farmlands are the foundation for a strong agricultural industry and a way of life for generations of farm families. Preserved farmland limits urban sprawl, protects our water and soils, provides us with an abundance of locally grown farm products, and maintains our connection to the land and the longstanding agricultural traditions that earned our reputation as the "Garden State." As of June 30, 2014, approximately 2,200 farms have been preserved under the New Jersey Farmland Preservation Program, accounting for more than 209,000 acres of preserved farmland. On December 6, 1954, a law was enacted requiring the phrase "Garden State" to be imprinted on all New Jersey license plates. The slogan has also been used in naming areas and programs within New Jersey including the Garden State Parkway, Garden State Art Center, Garden State Growth Zone, and Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Passed both Houses
Approved P.L.2017, c.214.  (on 8/7/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
8/7/2017 S Approved P.L.2017, c.214.
6/22/2017 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (38-0)
6/22/2017 S Substituted for S1076
6/22/2017 S Received in the Senate without Reference, 2nd Reading
6/22/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (75-0-0)
6/5/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
6/5/2017 Assembly State and Local Government Hearing (19:00 6/5/2017 )
3/7/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly State and Local Government Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/22/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 38 0 2
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 75 0 5
Detail 6/22/2017 Senate Floor: Substitute For S1076 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/5/2017 Assembly State and Local Government Committee: Reported Favorably 5 0 0