Great idea Tracy!
I live in Livingston, NJ it is a suburb of Newark and about 25 miles west of Manhattan. We are in the foothills of the Appalachia Mountains. We have ski slopes less than 45 minutes away and the famous Jersey Shore less than an hour. (btw most of the people on THAT show are New Yorkers!) Livingston has about 28,000 residents in 14 square miles. The town was first settled before 1700, purchased from the Lene Lenape tribe. We have easy access to so many things, NYC, hiking, skiing, boating, camping, you name it. We have four distinct seasons and fall is almost over, but what a sight when the leaves change color. We can get severe Hurricanes in late summer early fall, but (rare, brief) tornados, no earthquakes.
There are several famous Livingstonites, Jason Alexander (George from Seinfeld), Author Harlan Coban, Chelsea Handler of Chelsea Lately, Roger Tsien( nobel prize in chemistry) to name a few.
New Jersey is the 3rd State and one of the original 13 colonies. 5 New Jerseyans signed the Declaration of Independence. The topography of the state changes drastically and the southern part is mostly flat and farmland, and the north more mountainous or hilly. It is the third smallest state but the most densely populated in the country. We have the highest percentage of post graduate degrees in the nation. Atlantic City is home of the first Miss America Pageant and the design for the original Monopoly board. The first Baseball game was played in Hoboken, the first football game between Rutgers and Princeton was in New Brunswick. The Hindenburg crashed in Lakewood, NJ and the Lindbergh baby was kidnapped from East Amwell. The light bulb, phonograph (record player), motion picture projector were invented by Thomas Edison in Menlo Park.
The nickname is the Garden State, if you have ever tasted our corn or tomatoes you know why. New Jersey's agricultural outputs are nursery stock, horses, vegetables, fruits and nuts, seafood, and dairy products. New Jersey ranks second among states in blueberry production, third in cranberries and spinach and fourth in bell peppers, peaches and head lettuce. New Jersey's economy is centered on the pharmaceutical industry, chemical development, telecommunications, food processing, electric equipment, printing and publishing, and tourism. Home of Taylor Ham and Lenox China. New Jersey
has some really famous sons and daughters:
Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Jon Stewart, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Brian Depalma, Danny DeVito, Anne Hathaway, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey, Michael Douglas, Abbott and Costello, Nathan Lane, Jerry Lewis
Sandra Dee, James Gandolfini, Jon Bon Jovi, Queen Latifa,Thomas Edison, Grover Cleveland, Buzz Aldrin, etc. etc.
Thats just a drop in the bucket, for more see http://www.famousnewjerseyans.com