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The flag of the state of New Jersey includes the coat of arms of the state on a buff-colored background. According to the minutes of the New Jersey General Assembly for March 11, 1896, the date in which the Assembly officially approved the flag as the state emblem, the buff color is due indirectly to George Washington, who had ordered on October 2, 1779, that the uniform coats of the New Jersey Continental Line be dark (Jersey) blue, with buff facings. Buff-colored facings had until then been reserved only for his own uniform and those of other Continental generals and their aides. Then, on February 28, 1780, the Continental War Officers in Philadelphia directed that the uniform coat facings of all regiments were to be the same as the background color of the regiments' state flag.

The State seal in the center of the flag contains a horse's head. A helmet showing that New Jersey governs itself accordingly and three plows on a shield referring to the State's agriculture tradition, giving it the nickname "Garden State". The two Goddesses represent the State motto, "Liberty and Prosperity". Liberty is on the left. She is holding a staff with a liberty cap on it, and the word liberty underneath her. The goddess on the right is Ceres, goddess of agriculture. She is holding a cornucopia with prosperity written below her.

In 2001, the North American Vexillological Association surveyed its members on the designs of the 72 U.S. state, U.S. territorial and Canadian provincial flags. The survey ranked the flag of New Jersey barely out of the worst 25 flags, placing it as the 26-worst flag out of all 72, giving it a rank of 46 out of the 72.

Proposals for a new New Jersey state flagEdit

Shown below are various design proposals for a new flag of New Jersey


Proposals considered in nj.com contest, 2016Edit

In November 2015–February 2016, the New Jersey website nj.com held a contest to collect proposed New Jersey state flags. The ten finalists are shown below, in order of their final ranks.

Other proposalsEdit

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