It's a brand new year in New Jersey, with brand news laws taking effect.
Health Insurance Mandate: There is a statewide individual mandate requiring residents to acquire health insurance or pay a fine.
No Smoking on the Beach: Starting January 16th, there is no smoking on New Jersey public beaches or state parks.
Hair Braiding Licenses: New Jersey hair braiders must now have a license and 40-50 hours of instruction.
New Birth Certificates for Transgender Individuals: Starting February 2nd, people who have undergone a gender change can apply for a new birth certificate.
That's just four. NJ.com has a list of 12 which you can see here.