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On October 28 of 1919
Congress passes the Volstead Act, overriding the veto of President Woodrow Wilson, providing for enforcement of the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which was ratified nine months earlier, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors.” New Jersey quickly became one of the leading states protesting Prohibition. In the 1919 gubernatorial campaign, State Senator Edwin Edwards was elected after he pledged in his "applejack campaign" to make New Jersey “as wet as the Atlantic.” Local officials in the state openly ignored attempts to ban the sale of alcohol, with some taking bribes from distributors and local taverns. Absecon Island became a primary point for bootleggers to offload whiskey shipped by boat from Canada, and Atlantic City grew rapidly under its political boss Nucky Johnson, who declared " We have whisky, wine, women, song and slot machines. I won't deny it and I won't apologize for it. If the majority of the people didn't want them they wouldn't be profitable and they would not exist. The fact that they do exist proves to me that the people want them."
On October 27 of 1837
William Pennington, a member of the Whig party, is sworn in as the 13th governor of New Jersey and subsequently would be elected to seven successive single-year terms. He is later elected as a Republican to the US House of Representatives and serves as Speaker of the House during his single term from 1859 to 1861.
On October 26 of 1963
An estimated 4,000 people join in a civil rights “March on Trenton for Jobs and Freedom.” It is the first statewide civil rights demonstration in the US, having been modeled on the March on Washington held the previous August 28 during which the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
On October 25 of 1902
Woodrow Wilson is inaugurated as president of Princeton University. In his Inaugural Address, he declares: "...And in days quiet and troubled alike Princeton has stood for the nation's service, to produce men and patriots...." His remarks are later adapted for the University's unofficial motto, "Princeton in the nation's service."
"I am from New Jersey" introduction by Jon Stewart for Bruce Springsteen at 2009 Kennedy Center Honors
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