. The first governor of New Jersey was William Livingston. Col. Joseph Reed, a native of New Jersey, had moved his law practice from Trenton to Philadelphia
and had held political positions in Pennsylvania before joining Gen. Washington's
staff in 1775. After resigning as Washington's secretary, he returned to Pennsylvania,
but when he became adjutant general with the rank of colonel in place of Gates, his
family returned to New Jersey (
; William B. Reed, Life and Correspondence of Joseph Reed,
2 vols., Phila., 1847, 1:189–190).