Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni presided over a dedication ceremony Thursday and will visit each of the communities to make the presentations over the next week.
The artifacts have been stored in a hangar at New York's Kennedy Airport since being salvaged from the World Trade Center site.
Towns receiving pieces of steel include Fair Lawn, Linden, East Brunswick, Manalapan, Monroe Township, Hamilton, Mount Laurel, Matawan, Iselin, Toms River, Vineland and Woodstown.
More than 600 New Jerseyans died at the World Trade Center.