The City of Elizabeth was founded in 1665 and became the first capital of the State of New Jersey. Elizabeth's diverse population represents more than 50 countries and 37 language groups. With its close proximity to Newark Liberty International Airport, the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, Routes 1 & 9, and Manhattan, the City has become a reqional hub for the East Coast. Elizabeth has two NJ Transit train stations that connect to New York City and the rest of the State. Plans are also currently underway for a new Lightrail link as well as a ferry service to New York.
The Port Newark/Elizabeth's 2,000-acre marina terminal hosts over 150,000 jobs and is the World's largest containership port and the largest Foreign Trade Zone in the United States.