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NJ_PNG.png|Based on a design by Hans. The flag of English Jersey contains a red saltire on white; the New Jersey flag has a saltire in the state colors of blue and buff. The three buff areas symbolize the three distinct regions of the state: North, Central, and South Jersey. The red triangle alludes to the Phrygian cap as well as the cornucopia, the items held by the supporters of the current arms, representing the state motto, "Liberty and prosperity”. The red triangle bordered by white also abstractly mimics the red and white lozenge in the arms of the original Lord Proprietor of the state Sir George Carteret. Posted by Preston Knapp [https://vexillology.fandom.com/wiki/User:Preston_Knapp]
 
NJ_PNG.png|Based on a design by Hans. The flag of English Jersey contains a red saltire on white; the New Jersey flag has a saltire in the state colors of blue and buff. The three buff areas symbolize the three distinct regions of the state: North, Central, and South Jersey. The red triangle alludes to the Phrygian cap as well as the cornucopia, the items held by the supporters of the current arms, representing the state motto, "Liberty and prosperity”. The red triangle bordered by white also abstractly mimics the red and white lozenge in the arms of the original Lord Proprietor of the state Sir George Carteret. Posted by Preston Knapp [https://vexillology.fandom.com/wiki/User:Preston_Knapp]
 
Proposal Flag of New Jersey.svg|Proposal for a flag for New Jersey. The plows in the middle part represents the shield, the buff color is taken from the old flag, left is orange for liberty and right is red for prosperity. By [[User:Qaz_Janssen|Qaz]] Dec 2019 ([[User:Qaz Janssen/Proposals/Subnational/US-NEA#New Jersey|details]])
 
Proposal Flag of New Jersey.svg|Proposal for a flag for New Jersey. The plows in the middle part represents the shield, the buff color is taken from the old flag, left is orange for liberty and right is red for prosperity. By [[User:Qaz_Janssen|Qaz]] Dec 2019 ([[User:Qaz Janssen/Proposals/Subnational/US-NEA#New Jersey|details]])
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1 Final results.png|Results from the US State Flags Facebook page from a study of 665 images in Feb/Mar 2020.
 
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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 flag

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


Proposals considered in nj.com contest, 2016

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 proposals

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