Samsel Upper Elementary School students propose bill to designate salt water taffy as NJ state candy
TRENTON - New Jersey could soon have a state candy thanks to a group of fifth-graders from Sayreville.
A state Assembly committee approved a bill Thursday that would make salt water taffy the official state treat.
The students from Samsel Upper Elementary School joined their local assemblyman in testifying before the panel in Trenton.
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"The state is in the process of rebuilding our Jersey Shore and boardwalk," said student Tyler Graham. "Wouldn't it be nice to give the citizens of our state a reason to come to the shore and purchase the official candy of New Jersey?"
The proposal was part of a class lesson on how laws are made.
According to South Jersey legend, salt water taffy was created when sea water from a storm damaged the taffy supply of an Atlantic City candy maker in the late 19th century. The mixture ended up being a hit with customers.
The bill now goes to the full Assembly.