The buff and blue colors on the flag are the same colors General George Washington selected for uniforms worn by New Jersey Soldier during the American Revolution and in 1779, the colors onf the insignia were chosen from the state's early Dutch settler.
The state coat of arms is emblazoned in the center. The shield has
three plows with a horse's head above it. Two women represent the goddesses of
Liberty and Agriculture. A ribbon at the bottom includes the year of Independence in 1776 and reads:
Liberty and Prosperity.
The New Jersey state
flag was formally adopted in 1896.