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When did New Jersey become a state?


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September 14, 2017 1:53AM

New Jersey was one of the thirteen original colonies forming the United States.

The New Jersey Provincial Congress passed the "New Jersey Constitution of 1776" on July 2, 1776. That document effectively declared the Province of a New Jersey to be independent. It also converted the Provincial Congress into the State Legislature, but stated that the new state constitution would be void if New Jersey later achieved a reconciliation with Great Britain.

Two days later, July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, which declared that "these United Colonies are, and of a right ought to be, Free and Independent States."

On December 18, 1787, New Jersey became the third state to ratify the US Constitution.

Thus, one might argue with equal correctness that New Jersey became a US State on July 2, 1776, or on July 4, 1776, or on December 18, 1787.