New Jersey State flag
displays the official State colors. The State seal is presented
in Jersey blue on a buff background. The colors were chosen
by General George Washington in 1779, after he was headquartered
in New Jersey during the Revolutionary war. These were the
military colors used by the New Jersey troops.
State seal in the center of the flag contains a horse's
head. A helmet showing that New Jersey governs itself 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.