ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is a step closer to having a state candy.

An Assembly committee on Thursday approved a bill that would give salt water taffy the designation.

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A group of fifth graders from Sayreville’s Samsel Upper Elementary School testified before the panel in Trenton.

Student Tyler Graham says designating an official state candy can help attract people to the state’s boardwalks, most of which have been rebuilt following Superstorm Sandy.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski introduced the measure at the students’ request following a lesson on how a bill becomes law.

The soft taffy became popular as a souvenir in Atlantic City in the late 19th Century.

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It does not contain any salt water.

The bill now goes to the full Assembly.

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