Editor's note: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision to suspend his bid for the GOP presidential nomination comes after he finished sixth in the New Hampshire primary. Christie had spent more than 70 days campaigning in the state. Christie's attacks on Sen. Marco Rubio during Saturday's debate, and Rubio's reaction, seemed to have an impact on Rubio's primary performance, The New York Times reports. However, it didn't appear to translate into votes for Christie. - Stephanie
Editor's note: Politico is reporting that Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie is expected to suspend his campaign later today, citing a source close to the campaign. A source close to the governor has told NBC News Christie has not made a decision yet and won't until he returns to New Jersey. We're watching for more on his plans. - Rebecca
Editor's note: The Associated Press reports there are at least 25 snowstorm-related deaths on the East Coast. Deaths include: 2 in Kentucky, 2 in Maryland, 2 in New Jersey, 3 people in New York City, 6 in North Carolina, 1 in Ohio, 1 in Pennsylvania, 2 in Tennessee, and 5 in Virginia. Additionally, Baltimore, Md., authorities reported one death that is possibly related to the snow, but did not provide details. - Rebecca
New Jersey is a state in the Northeastern and Middle Atlantic regions of the United States. It is bordered on the north and east by New York, on the southeast and south by the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by Pennsylvania, and on the southwest by Delaware. New Jersey is the fourth-smallest state, but the 11th-most populous and the most densely populated of the 50 United States. New Jersey lies entirely within the combined statistical areas of New York City and Philadelphia and is the second-wealthiest U.S. state by median household income as of 2014.
New Jersey was inhabited by Native Americans for more than 2,800 years, with historical tribes such as the Lenape along the coast. In the early 17th century, the Dutch and the Swedes made the first European settlements. The English later seized control of the region, naming it the Province of New Jersey after the largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey, and granting it as a colony to Sir George Carteret and John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton. New Jersey was the site of several decisive battles during the American Revolutionary War in the 18th century.
In the 19th century, factories in cities such as Camden, Paterson, Newark, Trenton, and Elizabeth helped to drive the Industrial Revolution. New Jersey's geographic location at the center of the Northeast megalopolis, between Boston and New York City to the northeast, and Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., to the southwest, fueled its rapid growth through the process of suburbanization in the second half of the 20th century. In the first decades of the 21st century, this suburbanization began reverting to consolidation of New Jersey's populace toward more urban settings within the state.