The Constable of St Helier was in New Jersey yesterday to mark the state's 350th anniversary and to strengthen links with our Island.
Jersey has shared a history with the "Garden State" for more than three centuries after the Duke of York named it to honour Sir George Carteret who governed the Island at the time.
Constable Simon Crowcroft has gone stateside with Doug Ford from Jersey Heritage and Steven Cartwright – an officer with the Ministry for External Relations. They are visiting the state capital Trenton and Princeton, and will also be going to Elizabeth – one of New Jersey’s earliest settlements which was named after Carteret’s wife.
Mr Crowcroft said: “During the visit we will meet senior representatives from New Jersey’s arts, cultural, and historical organisations and I am confident that the links we make will lead to a renewed strengthening and deepening of our ties with our namesake.”
Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst said: “I am very grateful to the Connétable for agreeing to represent the Government of Jersey, and the Island, on this important visit. We have strong historical links with New Jersey and the fact that Jersey has been invited to join these important 350th anniversary celebrations is a chance to acknowledge and reflect on them.
“I hope that the visit will strengthen our relationships with major centres and lead to the further development of cultural relations between Jersey and the State of New Jersey.”
Some local products have also travelled across the Atlantic for the celebrations. Items made by Genuine Jersey members have been on sale in a ‘pop-up’ shop in Main Street, Boonton as well as books in Jèrriais and music by Badlabecques - Jersey's Jèrriais-singing pop-folk band.
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