As evidence that good things (or at least interesting things) come from the sea, including the Great State of New Jersey, the fossil of a large crocodile found in the Garden State is now on display at Drexel University. The 15 foot creature was native to New Jersey 65 million years ago, when the climate was much warmer and the land mass was under water as far west as the New Jersey Turnpike.
And no, I don't know WHICH EXIT leads to the croc's home, but it's somewhere in Gloucester County. That's right, It Came From Gloucester County.
The fossil is from the late Cretaceous period. Apparently, there was once an even larger species, one reaching up to 45 feet in length. It ate dinosaurs for a living.
I read about this over at Philly.com. The take-away bit of trivia in the article comes from the creature's name: Thoracosaurus neocesariensis. Quoting the article:
"The species name, neocesariensis, means New Jersey. ("Jersey" is derived from "Caesar.")
Dinosaurs and Roman emperors. Just two more things to love about New Jersey.