BRICK, N.J. (AP) - For anyone who has lamented New Jersey's failure to designate an official state fruit, consider the blueberry, which became the Garden State's state fruit Monday.
In a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Elementary School, Gov. James E. McGreevey signed the bill into law.
The location was symbolic: A fourth-grade class at the school, noticing New Jersey's lack of a state fruit, nominated the highbush blueberry for the honor and then lobbied lawmakers.
The blueberry was first cultivated here in 1891, in Whitesbog, by the daughter of a cranberry plantation owner. New Jersey now produces about one-fifth of the nation's blueberries, according to McGreevey.