New  Jersey has an impressive list of 'firsts' but only one can be the most historic first. So which one is it?

Reader's Digest set out on a quest to come up with the most historic first in each state in America, and they had a lot to choose from when it came to first right here in the Garden State.

Here are some of the firsts they passed up on...

First boardwalk (Atlantic City, 1870)

First baseball game (Hoboken, 1846)

First drive-in movie theater (Camden County, 1933)

First light bulb (Menlo Park, 1879)

First saltwater taffy (Jersey Shore, 1870's)

So, what first topped all of those listed above in this impressive list? Here's a hint. It's sports related. And it's not the first professional basketball game ever, either (Trenton, 1896).

So, what took the crown? You probably know by now. Reader's Digest chose the first collegiate football game as the most historic New Jersey first. Rutgers beat Princeton 6-4 in New Brunswick in 1869.

So, there you go, and if you want to find out about even more New Jersey firsts, just visit

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