NJ could get three new state symbols

A moth, a mineral and an inventor don’t have much in common but they might soon share a designation as New Jersey’s newest state symbols.

Lawmakers this week introduced measures declaring the Io moth the state moth, Franklinite the state mineral and Thomas Alva Edison the state inventor.

Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan sponsored the moth and inventor measures and told NJ.com the process teaches pupils how bills can become laws

The moth is found across the eastern United States and is known for dark, eye-like spots on its wings.

Franklinite is named after the mineral-rich town of Franklin in Sussex County.

Edison, known as the Wizard of Menlo Park, invented the electric pen, an early version of a copy machine and one of the first commercially viable incandescent lightbulbs.

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