What They're Saying...

Be Proud To Be In New Jersey

Here's what the NJ State Legislature says about


as the official New Jersey State Song:

"Dear Mark and Ellen:

Thank you for sharing your song, "Be Proud To Be In New Jersey." I appreciate your willingness to lend your time, musical talents, and creative energy to this composition. Your efforts are indeed a tribute, not only to your artistic talents, but also to the spirit that defines New Jersey and its citizens. I too remain "proud to be in New Jersey."

- Bill Bradley, United States Senator

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Winter:

Thank you for performing at the New Jersey State Song press conference. Your rendition of "Be Proud To Be In New Jersey" was wonderful, and I can certainly see why your song was chosen as one of the three finalists for our competition.

I would also like to extend my gratitude for your offer to perform on the Fourth of July. I encourage you to continue your musical efforts. "Be Proud To Be In New Jersey" made me feel just that... Proud that I am a New Jerseyan. I wish you nothing but the best.


"Dear Mark & Ellen:

Thank you so much for "Be Proud To Be In New Jersey." I think that indeed it captures what is best about New Jersey and puts that to words"

- Raul "Rudy" Garcia, Assemblyman-33rd District

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Winter:

I would like to thank you for the audio cassette of "Be Proud To Be In New Jersey." You have done a wonderful job capturing all of the special qualities of our great State.

- Anthony R. Bucco, Assemblyman-25th District

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Winter:

The choice for a State Song is indeed difficult. Many individuals have literally put their hearts and souls into producing what they would consider their best work and the obvious choice for a State Song. I appreciate your efforts in helping me make a decision."

- John S. Wisniewski, Assemblyman-19th District

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Winter:

My staff and I listened to your nominee, "Be Proud To Be In New Jersey," and greatly enjoyed it, especially the march version. Please be assured that I will give your song full consideration."

- Arline Friscia, Assemblywoman-25th District

"Mark & Ellen:

I listened to your song, "Be Proud To Be In New Jersey" with interest, and will give it full consideration for selection as the State Song of New Jersey. With all good wishes,"

- James E. McGreevey, Senator-19th District

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Winter:

I will certainly give every consideration to your song, "Be Proud To Be In New Jersey" when the opportunity to select a State Song comes before the General Assembly."

- Joel M. Weingarten, Assemblyman-21st District

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