By Susan Kronberg | Special to NJ Advanced Media for

There’s a first time for everything. The city of Elizabeth, the first capital of New Jersey, is overflowing with “firsts.” Even before the first shots were fired here after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Elizabeth, N.J. has lead the way and been the source of so many innovations – and innovative people — that have contributed to life in New Jersey and beyond.

As the first capital city of New Jersey, our state government was founded here. The state’s first governor, Philip Carteret, appointed in 1665, lived here. Elizabeth, N.J. was also the home of the first governor of the state after the Declaration of Independence, William Livingston. It was here that the first Colonial Assembly and Council meeting took place; and, after the peace treaty with the English, was home to the first President of Congress, Elias Boudinot.

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