Miss New Jersey

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Lindsey Petrosh, Miss New Jersey 2012, at the 2012 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade
Ashley Fairfield, Miss New Jersey 2008, at the 2008 Montclair 4th of July Parade
Toni Georgiana, Miss New Jersey 1985
Suzette Charles, Miss New Jersey 1983

The Miss New Jersey competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of New Jersey in the Miss America pageant.

Two Miss New Jersey winners have gone on to hold the title of Miss America: Bette Cooper who won in 1937 and Suzette Charles who did not win, but took over the title for the last 7 weeks of Vanessa Williams reign in (1984). They also have one unofficial Miss America: Dorothy Hann (1932).

Results summary[edit]


  • Miss America: Bette Cooper (1937), Suzette Charles (1984)*
  • 1st runners-up: Suzette Charles (1984)*
  • 2nd runners-up: Cheryl Carter (1970), Suzanne Plummer (1974), Therese Hanley (1981), Jennifer Makris (1995)
  • 3rd runners-up: Ruth Brady (1938), Madeline Layton (1942), Mary D'Arcy (1978)
  • 4th runners-up: N/A
  • Top 10: Kathleen Harris (1943), Betty Jane Crowley (1949), Michele Sexton (1994), Victoria Paige (2000), Jill Horner (2001)
  • Top 12: Mary Dillinger (1935), Elizabeth Koehler (1935)
  • Top 14: Margo Lundgren (1939)
  • Top 15: Jennifer Farrell (2004)
  • Top 16: Delores Mendes (1947), June Stephens (1951)

*Took over the title of Miss America for last 7 weeks of Vanessa Williams' reign


Preliminary awards[edit]

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Talent: Marilyn Beryl Rockafellow (1959), Georgia Malick (1963), Linda Gialanella (1973), Debra Naley (1982), Patricia La Terra (1985), Patricia Bowman (1989), Laura Murray (1990), Heather Hertling (1993), Dena Querubin (1996), Kathy Nejat (1998), Stephanie Ferrari (1999), Erica Scanlon (2005), Amy Polumbo (2008)

Other awards[edit]

  • Miss Congeniality: Betty Jane Crowley (1949) (tie), Patricia Condon (1954)
  • Overall Elegance and Lifestyle Award: Alicia Luciano (2003)
  • Quality of Life Winners: Dena Querubin (1996), Lindsey Gianinni (2016)
  • Quality of Life 2nd runners-up: Jill Horner (2001), Ashleigh Udalovas (2011)

Miss New Jersey's Outstanding Teen[edit]


  • 1st runners-up: Brenna Weick (2010)
  • Top 8: Alyssa Sullivan (2013)
  • Top 10: Natalie Ragazzo (2012)
  • Top 15: Katie Berry (2006), Andie Babusik (2011)


  • Preliminary Presence and Poise: Brenna Weick (2010)


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2016 Brenna Weick[1] Mantua 22 Miss Seashore Line Vocal Miss New Jersey's Outstanding Teen 2009 (1st runnner-up Miss America's Outstanding Teen), Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2013
2015 Lindsey Giannini Hammonton 21 Miss Central Coast Jazz Dance "Celebrate" by Pitbull Quality of Life Winner
2014 Cierra Kaler-Jones Galloway 21 Miss Coastal Shore Dance "Listen" by Beyoncé Born with Hip dysplasia
2013 Cara McCollum Princeton 21 Miss Island Resort Piano "White Water Chopsticks" Died on February 22, 2016, after being in a single-vehicle accident a week prior in Pittsgrove Township, New Jersey.
2012 Lindsey Petrosh Egg Harbor City 23 Miss Atlantic County Vocal "Battle Hymn of the Republic" Miss New Jersey's Outstanding Teen 2006
2011 Katharyn Nicolle[2] Wenonah 20 Miss Coastal Shore Ballet en Pointe "Theme from Superman" Miss New Jersey's Outstanding Teen 2008
2010 Ashleigh Udalovas Millville 22 Miss All State Tap Dance "Star Dancer" Quality of Life 2nd runner-up Contestant at National Sweetheart 2007 & 2008
2009 Ashley Shaffer Perrineville 23 Miss Columbus Day Classical Vocal "Nessun Dorma"
2008 Ashley Fairfield Egg Harbor Township 22 Miss Columbus Day Jazz Dance "Man of La Mancha"
2007 Amy Polumbo Howell 23 Miss Seashore Line Vocal "Astonishing" from Little Women Non-finalist Talent Award
2006 Georgine DiMaria Lodi 22 Miss All State Violin "Csárdás Contestant at National Sweetheart 2004
2005 Julie Robenhymer Moorestown 24 Miss Burlington County Dance "Hit Me With a Hot Note" from Sophisticated Ladies
2004 Erica Scanlon Pitman 22 Miss Brigantine Resort Vocal "Glitter & Be Gay" from Candide Non-finalist Talent Award
2003 Jennifer Farrell Margate 19 Miss Atlantic County Ballet en Pointe "Via Dolorosa" Top 15
2002 Alicia Luciano Stanhope 19 Miss Tri County Lyrical Dance "The Prayer" Preliminary Evening Wear Award, Overall Elegance and Lifestyle Award Radio City Rockette, 4th runner-up at Miss New Jersey USA 2007
2001 Julie Barber Vineland 24 Miss Union County Ballet en Pointe "Do You Wanna Dance?"
2000 Jill Horner Gloucester Township 21 Miss Monmouth County Area Vocal "You're Gonna Hear From Me" from Inside Daisy Clover Top 10 Quality of Life 2nd runner-up
1999 Victoria Paige Sparta 20 Miss Watchung Valley Classical Vocal "Non so più cosa son" from The Marriage of Figaro Top 10
1998 Stephanie Ferrari Glen Rock 24 Miss Bergen County Vocal "My Heart Will Go On" Non-finalist Talent Award
1997 Kathy Nejat Voorhees 21 Miss Central Coast Classical Ballet en Pointe "The Dying Swan" Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Non-finalist Talent Award
1996 Melanie Bell Vernon 20 Miss Northern Lights Dance "They Can't Take That Away From Me"
1995 Dena Querubin Waterford 23 Miss Spring Lake Heights Classical Piano Non-finalist Talent Award, Quality of Life Award
1994 Jennifer Makris Cherry Hill 21 Miss Essex County Jazz Vocal "The Man that Got Away" 2nd runner-up Miss New Jersey USA 1997 and Semi-finalist at Miss USA 1997
1993 Michele Sexton Spring Lake Heights 24 Miss Central Coast Classical Vocal "Vissi d'arte" Top 10
1992 Heather Hertling Randolph 24 Miss Morris County Classical Vocal "Ernani Involami" Preliminary Talent Award, Non-finalist Talent Award Professional opera singer and judge for the Miss America 1997 pageant
1991 Amy Fissel Ocean City 24 Miss Shore Resort Comedic Monologue "Mountaineer's Motorcycle" Miss New Jersey USA 1993 and Top 6 at Miss USA 1993
1990 Charlotte Lynette Falls Ridgewood 25 Miss Camden County Classical Piano "4th Movement of Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 22" by Alberto Ginastera
1989 Laura Murray Livingston 25 Miss Shore Resort Popular Vocal "With One More Look At You" from A Star Is Born Non-finalist Talent Award
1988 Patricia Bowman Ocean City 19 Miss Cape May County Vocal "Wind Beneath My Wings" Non-finalist Talent Award
1987 Robin Lange Medford 22 Miss Burlington County Dramatic Monologue
1986 Karyn Zosche Pine Brook 25 Miss Passaic County Piano Solo "Rhapsody in Blue"
1985 Toni Georgiana Cherry Hill 21 Miss Hightstown/East Windsor Acrobatic Dance "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue"
1984 Patricia La Terra West New York 24 Miss Bergen County Dramatic Monologue Non-finalist Talent Award
1983 Suzette Charles Mays Landing 20 Miss Columbus Day Popular Vocal "Kiss Me In the Rain" 1st runner-up / Winner Preliminary Talent Award Named Miss America when Vanessa L. Williams relinquished title
1982 Christina Shone Pequannock 22 Miss Dover-Morris Classical Vocal "Non Piu Mesta" from La Cenerentola
1981 Debra Naley Rockaway 26 Miss Greater Dover-West Morris Violin Medley "Csárdás" & "Orange Blossom Special" Non-finalist Talent Award
1980 Therese Hanley Jersey City 17 Miss Bergen County Popular Vocal "Starting Here, Starting Now" 2nd runner-up (tie) TV actress and classical-crossover concert & recording artist
1979 Mary McGinnis Somers Point 22 Miss Collegiate Clarinet Solo "Hora"
1978 Laurie Berchtold Ocean City 21 Miss Glassboro State College Musical Comedy "Money, Money" from Cabaret
1977 Mary D'Arcy Yardville 21 Miss Glassboro State College Semi-classical Vocal "Summertime" 3rd runner-up Toured with Miss America USO Troupe, Broadway performer, Judged the Miss America 1991 pageant
1976 Lori Johnson Medford 19 Miss Burlington County Acrobatic Dance "Love Is the Answer"
1975 Nancy Craig Trenton 25 Miss Trenton State College Classical Ballet en Pointe "Swan Lake"
1974 Elizabeth Bracken Mahwah 21 Miss Bergen County Dramatic Monologue "Elizabeth Umpstead" by Carl Sandburg
1973 Suzanne Plummer Wildwood 21 Miss Cape May County Piano "Stardust" 2nd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award Miss District of Columbia USA 1971 and Semi-finalist at Miss USA 1971 as Susan Pluskoski, Current leader of Nevada State Republican Party and 2010 Senate Candidate
1972 Linda Gialanella Maplewood 22 Miss Fanwood-Scotch Plains Sketching Presentation "Teaching the World to Draw" Non-finalist Talent Award
1971 Lynn Hackerman Mount Laurel 18 Miss Greater Moorestown & Miss Burlington County Pantomime Dance Currently serves on the Miss America Board of Directors
1970 Hela Yungst Hillside 20 Miss Fanwood-Scotch Plains Dramatic Vocal "Aldonza" from Man of La Mancha Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1969 Cheryl Carter Matawan 19 Miss Monmouth County Piano Solo "Theme from An Affair to Remember" 2nd runner-up (tie)
1968 Jeannette Phillipuk Laurel Springs 20 Miss Glassboro State College Vocal Medley "The Sweetest Sounds" & "Nobody Told Me" from No Strings
1967 Linda Ann Wilmer Laurel Springs 18 Miss Glassboro State College Classical Vocal "Quando me'n vo'" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1966 Christine Ebright Rahway 19 Miss Newark State College Operatic Vocal "Un bel di vedremo"
1965 Kathleen Holmes Toms River 19 Miss Toms River Vocal / Tap Dance "Steppin' Out with My Baby"
1964 Susan Virginia Krasnomowitz Fair Lawn 19 Miss Paterson Jazz Dance
1963 Janet Bryan Adams Hopatcong Miss Pequannock Dramatic Monologue
1962 Georgia Malick Cherry Hill 18 Miss Cherry Hill Piano Solo "Deep Purple" Non-finalist Talent Award Contestant at Miss Wool of America 1964
1961 Marilyn Haufler Watchung 18 Miss Fanwood-Scotch Plains Comedy Monologue
1960 Ann Susan Barber Westfield 18 Miss Fanwood-Scotch Plains Impression of a young hillbilly girl at a major league baseball game
1959 Beverly Ann Domareki Mountainside 20 Original Dramatic Interpretation of a Beatnik
1958 Marilyn Beryl Rockafellow New Monmouth Vocal Non-finalist Talent Award
1957 Janet Marie Ressler Union Vocal
1956 Beverly Cass Fair Lawn Piano
1955 Patricia Elmira Campbell Camden Dance
1954 Joan Waller West Orange Vocal / Dance "Singin' in the Rain"
1953 Patricia Condon Maplewood Vocal Miss Congeniality
1952 Mary Parker Gibbsboro Drama
1951 Bernice Massi Camden
1950 June Stephens Ship Bottom Comic Sketch "The Older Set" Top 16 The Miss America title was now a year ahead of the state titles. (i.e. Miss New Jersey 1950 competed in Miss America 1951.) It remains this way.
1949 Betty Jane Crowley Green Bank Poetry Recitation & Vocal "Might Like a Rose" Top 15 Miss Congeniality (tie)
1948 Barbara Anderson Bloomfield
1947 Delores Mendes Newark Vocal & Guitar "I Close My Eyes" & "Siboney" Top 15
1946 Helen Sprinitis Kearny
1945 Matilda Agin New Brunswick
1944 Janice Hansen Union City
1943 Kathleen Harris Newark Vocal "Gianni Mio" Top 10
1942 Madeline Layton Maywood Vocal "Saturday Night" 3rd runner-up
1941 Marjorie Eleanor Jennings Dover
1940 Mildred Marie Selko Kearny
1939 Margo Lundgren Maplewood Vocal "Don't Worry About Me" Top 15
1938 Gloria Martha Riley Paterson
Ruth E. Brady Asbury Park Vocal & Tap Dance 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award Competed as Miss Asbury Park
Ruth Joan Sada Burlington Competed as Miss Burlington
Dorothy Kathryn Powers Riverside Competed as Miss Riverside
1937 Bette Cooper Hackettstown 17 Vocal "When the Poppies Bloom Again" Winner Evening Gown Award Competed as Miss Bertrand Island
Helyne Frances Murphy Riverside Competed as Miss Riverside
Margaret Julia Jardon Burlington Competed as Miss South Jersey
1936 Thelma Bieber Camden Competed as Miss Camden
Evelyn Pierce Riverside Competed as Miss South Jersey
1935 Norine Hughes Glen Ridge
Mildred Hughes Bloomfield Competed as Miss Bloomfield
Geraldine Hester Bridgeton Competed as Miss Bridgeton
Mary Dillinger Burlington Vocal "Every Little Moment" Top 12 Competed as Miss Burlington
Lena Melamed Camden Competed as Miss Camden
Dorothy Wainwright Hillside Competed as Miss Hillside
Ann Golden Competed as Miss Lake Hopatcong
Esther Moore Mount Holly Competed as Miss Mount Holly
Ann Harvey Newark Competed as Miss Newark
Elizabeth Koehler Penns Grove Vocal Medley "Without a Song" & "Roll Out of Bed with a Smile" Top 12 Competed as Miss Pensgrove
Othelia March Riverside Competed as Miss Riverside
Ann Halko West Orange Competed as Miss West Orange
Thelma Fouks Woodbury Competed as Miss Woodbury
No pageant was held
1933 Gertrude Christman 15 Top 18
No pageants were held
1927 No Miss New Jersey Carolyn Pierson, Miss Newark placed in the Top 15. Also competing were: Pann Mankus, Miss Elizabeth; Eunice Geiser, Miss Jersey City; Harriet Rita Shelby, Miss Passaic; and Sue Hoch, Miss Union City
1926 No Miss New Jersey Mildred Morlock, Miss Newark and Evelynne Jeanne Crowell, Miss Orange, placed in the Top 15. Also competing were: Mary Mavretic, Miss Brigantine Beach; Lucy Taylor, Miss Elizabeth; Anita Limbacker, Miss Hoboken; Elizabeth Welch, Miss Union City; and Kathleen Coyle, Miss Wildwood Gables. A Miss Canarsie also competed whose name is not known.
1925 no Miss New Jersey Frances M. Glowaski (Miss Jersey City) and Helen Corcoran (Miss Newark) placed in the Top 15.
1924 no Miss New Jersey Emily Borbach, Miss Cape May; Emerita Monsch, Miss Hoboken and Edith Becker Miss Newark placed in the Top 16. Also competing from New Jersey were: Edith Wright, Miss Bradley Beach; Helen Mankus, Miss Elizabeth; Bonnie Blair, Miss Jersey City; Gertrude McDonald, Miss Pleasantville; and Ethel Sipps, Miss Somers Point. Also competing in the pageant were Miss Kearny and Miss Long Branch whose names are not known.
1923 no Miss New Jersey Sarah Delp, Miss Bridgeton; Mildred McCann, Miss Cape May; Florence Nurock, Miss Greater Camden; Grace E. Taylor, Miss Ocean City; Alma Domenica CeCone, Miss Trenton; and Mary Elizabeth Edwards, Miss Vineland all competed representing communities in New Jersey
1922 no Miss New Jersey Sarah Alice Bell, Miss Bridgeton; Eleanor Lindley, Miss Greater Camden; Marion Steelman, Miss Ocean City; Endia Fisk, Miss Trenton & Mary Elizabeth Edwards, Miss Vineland all competed representing communities in New Jersey
1921 no Miss New Jersey Kathryn Gearon, Miss Camden was 1st runner-up; Margaret Bates competed as Miss Newark

Popular culture[edit]

In Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, "American Pastoral", the central character Seymour "Swede" Levov marries Dawn Dwyer, an Irish Catholic winner of Miss New Jersey 1949, from nearby Elizabeth, whom he met at Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey.


  1. ^ "Miss New Jersey 2016 is Brenna Weick". pageantsnews.com. Retrieved June 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Wenonah woman is new Miss New Jersey". NJ.com. June 20, 2011. 

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