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Through programs and publications, the New Jersey Project is a source of information on New Jersey politics. The director of the project often speaks to groups on New Jersey politics and issues and acts as a resource to individuals and organizations. The project also sponsors seminars and speakers at the Institute for audiences including faculty, students, and members of public affairs community.

Governor's Office Needs to Regain Its Clout
Op-ed by John Farmer, Jr., dean of Rutgers School of Law-Newark and former State Attorney General, The Star-Ledger 12/ 13/09.

New Study:  
New Jersey Local Government Ethics Law and an Assessment of Its Effectiveness
June 2009
The administration of New Jersey ethics codes varies by level of government. In the executive and legislative branches, the codes and their administration have recently been reformed. This study uses a sample of 22 local governments to assess how local ethics administration varies.

Op-ed by policy analyst and New Jersey Project director Ingrid Reed, based on the Local Government Ethics Administration Study appeared in The Record on Sunday, August 2, 2009.

Governor's Local Ethics Government Task Force Meets
Reported in New Jersey Municipalities, November 2009

Finding Voter Registration Information on New Jersey State and County Web Sites
2008 report available here (.pdf) Report shows that it is easier to find registration information  than in 2006 but still a challenge on 11 of 21 county websites.
Finding Voter Registration Information on NJ State and County Web Sites: It's a Challenge! (.pdf) February 2007 update of original 2006 report.

Redistricting/Reapportionment in New Jersey
After the official results of the U. S. Census which is conducted every ten years, are made available, two groups are convened to establish districts based on population from which representatives are elected.  The process is different for legislative districts and congressional districts. Each process is delineated in the New Jersey State Constitution.

New Jersey Gubernatorial Succession
Resources for understanding gubernatorial succession issues in New Jersey, including news articles, commentaries, and notes and resources from the New Jersey Public Policy Seminar held on October 20, 2004.

Making Democracy Work: Issues in Voter Participation
NJ Project diretor Ingrid Reed's presentation at the Center for Government Services in March 2004.

Election Reform: March 2003 Testimony before the NJ Senate State Government Committee
Presented by NJ Project director Ingrid Reed at a hearing on election reform, emphasized the need for accountability and transparency, citing HAVA as an opportunity for NJ to improve its voting system.

Election Reform: Report on the 2001 New Jersey Election
Report prepared by NJ Project director Ingrid Reed for the Century Foundation to assess the extent to which problems evident in the 2000 Florida elections persisted in 2001.
Summary of report
Full report
Read a review of this report on page 8 of the Fall 2003 Guardian, a newsletter of the Council on Governmental Ethics Law (COGEL).

A brief description of the New Jersey Initiative is provided at the above link. The New Jersey Initiative was conducted by a partnership between the Alan K. Campbell Public Affairs Institute of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The project was funded by grants from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the state of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. The New Jersey Initiative released two publications: The New Jersey Initiative: Building Management Capacity in New Jersey Municipalities and Summary of The New Jersey Initiative: Building Management Capacity in New Jersey Municipalities, which can also be found at the above link.

In addition, the New Jersey Initiative research was the focus of a February 2003 article, "How Effective is Town Management?" in the NJ League of Municipalities magazine.

The overall goal of the New Jersey Initiative is to provide opportunities for municipalities and other levels of government, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and individuals to learn about public management systems, how they might be improved and how they can better meet the needs citizens and of those in leadership positions.