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POLL: Should Salt Water Taffy Be NJ's State Candy?

State legislature unanimously approves shore treat to become state candy.

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Patch File Photo

The Honeybee, brook trout, Eastern Goldfinch, blueberry, Square Dance, and even the Hadrosaurus Foulkii.

Those items may be better known as New Jersey’s state insect, fish, bird, fruit, dance, and dinosaur (yes, New Jersey has it’s own state dinosaur).

Now the New Jersey legislature is one step closer to designating a state candy, according to The Celock Report at johncelock.com.

Salt water taffy is at the heart of legislation unanimously approved Thursday by the state’s Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee, the report said. The bill’s sponsor, Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville), was given the idea by a group of fifth-graders from Samsel Upper Elementary School in Sayreville, the report said.

But the real question is, why salt water taffy? New Jersey is also home to Mars North America, in Hackettstown, which began more than 50 years ago as the M&M factory. Smarties Candy Company, which is now based in Union after stints in Elizabeth and Bloomfield, has been in New Jersey since 1949.

So, New Jerseyans, is salt water taffy the best sweet treat to represent the Garden State? Let us know in the comments and in our poll!

suz June 07, 2014 at 07:57 AM
You are so right Bill....some here choose to make it political and of course Christie comes into the picture. Sad.
Chuck Ruff June 07, 2014 at 02:01 PM
You're right Bill, let's make sure our legislators consider all bills proposed by every school district in NJ, since this is the only way that kids can learn about how legislation works. We've all got limitless tax dollars to fund this... right???
William June 07, 2014 at 04:02 PM
Chuck get a life you will never under stand. And i do not have that many years left to even clue you in. You never been to your City Hall to see Kids being taught and learning by doing maybe if you payed attention in Class you would of grasped some thing any thing, My last words to you knock your self out
Chuck Ruff June 07, 2014 at 07:31 PM
Sending students to the state house to learn about the legislative process is all fine and dandy, but having our legislators pass actual bills proposed by students is a whole different matter. Every bill being considered costs tax dollars, and if legislators are going to consider one school’s bill for state candy, then it will have to consider another school’s proposal for state soda, and another for state toy, and another for state pizza, so on, and so on. Is this really the purpose of our state’s legislative branch???
StupidlyHappy June 11, 2014 at 03:09 PM
The state candy should be M&M's. They too were developed in NJ and are still manufactured here. I would rather have a hand full of M&M's than a piece of salt water taffy any day.

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