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5 Fun Facts About January 11 In New Jersey History

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1. In 1776, the first New Jersey State Constitution was adopted in Burlington, making New Jersey the third state to ratify a constitution after Delaware and Pennsylvania.

2. In 1839, the first steam-powered oyster dredging boat was launched in the Delaware Bay in New Jersey, revolutionizing the oyster industry along the East Coast.

3. In 1902, New Jersey became the first state to require the installation of speedometers in automobiles.

4. In 1967, the New Jersey State Police conducted a raid on the state's only openly gay bar, the UpStairs Lounge, resulting in dozens of arrests and sparking outrage and protests from the LGBTQ community.

5. In 2010, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation legalizing medical marijuana, allowing patients with certain medical conditions to obtain and use marijuana for therapeutic purposes.
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