Why The Garden State Was So Late to Develop Cities

The Manhattan Skyline from Newark Airport

When we think of New Jersey, it’s so easy to make jokes about “Exit 12”, the Molly Pitcher Rest Stop, the places where Tony Soprano dropped bodies, and characters like Snookie and “The Situation” from Jersey Shore. But there has to be something behind the nickname The Garden State, right? It’s not like George Washington was fighting his way around toll plazas and refineries as he went up against the…