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The Garden State

New Jersey is “The Garden State” and also home of Thomas Edison’s laboratory, Menlo Park laboratory. While working in his lab, Edison invented the light bulb, phonograph and the motion picture projector earning the nickname the “Wizard of Menlo Park”.

The next stop in our United States of Energy data series is New Jersey. The state ranks number 45 in residential electric prices compared to 52 other US states averaging $16.57. Major electric power plants include coal, hydroelectric, natural gas and potential for renewable energy with wind. Nuclear power dominates New Jersey’s electricity market, typically supplying more than one-half of state generation.

Did you know? The street names in the game Monopoly are all taken from actual streets in Atlantic City.

Atlantic City has the world’s longest boardwalk, which is over four miles long. New Jersey is completely surrounded by water except for a 40-mile strip along the New York border. Picturesque Cape May holds the distinction of being the oldest seashore resort in the United States and one of the most unique. New Jersey is also a major seaport state with the largest seaport in the U.S. located in Elizabeth.

Have you ever visited New Jersey or have any fun facts to share about the state?

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