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Old 10-27-2012, 02:20 PM
Location: Epping,NH
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I saw some new ones last week.
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:24 PM
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Originally Posted by johnp292 View Post
If I recall correctly, the state went back to yellow after years of complaints from the police that the blue ones were hard to read, not enough contrast.
That is correct.
The old blue plates had very poor contrast, and were extremely difficult to read, especially in low light conditions.

Originally Posted by NewJerseyMemories View Post
LOL! Actually it's supposed to be goldfinch yellow. The state bird is the Eastern Goldfinch.

The state bird is indeed the Eastern Goldfinch, but the color of NJ's license plates is actually a tribute to the Revolutionary War troops from NJ, whose colors were "Buff and Jersey Blue".

The pale yellowish color of the plates is known as, "buff". The color of the letters and numbers on the plates is black, simply because "Jersey Blue" would not provide enough contrast for easy reading. If you have ever been treated to the aerial acrobatics of a flock of Eastern Goldfinches, you would not think that the color of our license plates was the color of one of these birds.

The legislation regarding the official state colors is as follows:

Approved September 30, 1965



Introduced February 15, 1965

AN ACT establishing the official colors of the State of New

BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State
of New Jersey:

The official colors of the State of New Jersey for use
on the state flag and for other purposes shall be buff and
Jersey blue.

For the purposes of this act the specifications,
references and designations for the official colors of the
State are as follows:

Jersey Blue (Cable No. 70087, royal blue. The Color
Association of the United States, Inc.)

Buff (Cable No. 65015, US Army buff. The Color
Association of the United States, Inc.)

Anyway, I suggest that you take a look at:
New Jersey State Colors: Buff and Jersey Blue

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Old 10-27-2012, 11:04 PM
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I like our flag. It's rather unique, and has a regal look to it.
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:11 PM
Location: Paramus, NJ
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Originally Posted by captne76 View Post
I think the pure white license plates are the new version of temporary paper plates you get when you buy a car. We used to get the ones that looked like a certificate and taped onto the back window, so I think these are the new temps, out there where you can see them a lot easier. Some of the old temps, if you had a tinted back window where not very readable.
That makes a lot of sense for some of the cars with tinted back windows.

I got a new car this past spring and had the traditional temporary paper taped to the window. I think the temporary white plates look ok to me even if they're plain looking. ^_^ They give a pure white feel.
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:15 PM
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I liked the old blue plates.
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Old 10-31-2012, 02:23 PM
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Many states use 7 characters on their plates. I'm surprised that New Jersey didn't stick with them, even if cops didn't like them. Someday they may be forced to go back to them.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:41 AM
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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The license plates are cream & black.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:53 AM
Location: New Jersey
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I like the plates. Simple, easy to read, and the color generally matches well with most vehicles.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:43 AM
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Those are not the new license plates!! They are just temporary plates given when you just purchase a car.

Please read carefully:

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Old 11-01-2016, 09:48 PM
Location: Jersey City, NJ
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I realize this is a very old thread, but I feel we could have nicer looking plates in NJ and other states.
There are some great concepts here. State Plates Project

I do like the simple and easy to read quality of our current plates. They have not changed in years and with the easy 3M printing, the typeface could easily be changed to something more attractive.
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