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Salt Water Taffy To Become New Jersey’s Official State Candy?

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Sayreville, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Nothing says the Jersey Shore like salt water taffy! In fact, it is so well known in the Garden State that a few elementary school students from Sayreville, New Jersey want to make salt water taffy New Jersey’s official state candy.

These 5th graders from Sayreville mean business and they plan on getting their candy legislation put into law by Governor Christie.

Assemblyman John Wisnewski led the kids into a committee room where they stated their case for why salt water taffy should be New Jersey’s state candy by law. The ambitious kids stated their reasons, and one of them even dressed up as Mr. Bradley.

“I am Mr. Bradley, and legend has it that in 1880 I was a young candy merchant on the boardwalk in Atlantic City. One evening, a storm flooded my store and soaked all of my candy in salt water. A young girl came the next day to buy some taffy. I jokingly asked her, ‘Would you like some salt water taffy?’ and the rest is history,” the 5th grader read while dressed up in character.

The case had different student’s testimonies to prove their point. Another ambitious student, Tyler Grahim, also had something to say.

“July 4th is right around the corner. Can you think of a more appropriate time to announce the official candy of New Jersey?” Grahim asked.

The legislators applauded the kids and voted in favor of the bill. The bill is now headed for a vote on the floor of the assembly.

Clearly, the kids did their research and came prepared to make their point.

“I studied every time I had an opportunity and it wasn’t really that hard. I just had to study,” Grahim stated.

May Caycer, is an 11 year-old girl who was shopping for taffy at Fralinger’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She thinks the kids trying to make salt water taffy the official candy of the Garden State are heroes!

“The candy is really good and I love the fact that there are so many different flavors,” Caycer said.

Salt water taffy has been sold for years in New Jersey. Why did it take a couple of 5th graders to step up and try to make salt water taffy the official candy of New Jersey? Casie Boerschig, a lover of taffy, thinks she has the answer.

“10 year olds are usually smarter than most adults,” Boerschig stated.

Most of the time when kids visit the Statehouse it is for a tour where they learn about how legislation is being passed. These motivated kids are actually using the Statehouse for what it is meant for.


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