Thomas Edison's young Electric Light Company first
installed the 66 light bulb brass chandelier in the
new Assembly chamber in 1891, the electric light bulb
was just 13 years old. It symbolized a new era of
progress and technological promise. Nevertheless,
the wall sconces were piped for old-fashioned gas
light (top half), just in case.
Stained glass lunettes and an enormous
skylight help to light the bright and spacious hall.
Gold leafing (added in 1898) decorates ornamental
plaster work. A brightly painted wooden statue depicting
the great seal of the State of New Jersey stands atop
a high arch over the Assembly Speaker's dais and desk.
The modern carpet evokes designs of one hundred years
ago, incorporating images of four state symbols: the
Purple Violet, the Eastern Goldfinch, the Red Oak
Tree and Honey Bee.