Archive for New Jersey

New Jersey’s Economic Future

This new report from McKinsey and Company – Reseeding the Garden State’s economic growth: A vision for New Jersey – discusses the main factors that should fuel the state’s growth and employment future: encouraging the growth of young companies (incubators); infrastructure; workforce profiles; and growth incentives. Highlighting programs from other states (Virginia and Maryland) as well as a German university model, along with informative “exhibits” (exhibits 8-11 present a great amount of New Jersey-centric information) comparing New Jersey to other states and the nation, this brief report makes it obvious that New Jersey’s future can be bright, given the abundance of developing sectors in the state. The paper concludes by stating: “It will take dedicated efforts by the private, social, and public sectors—and the involvement of us all—to make the Garden State a growth leader again.All stakeholders can take encouragement from the experience of other states that have faced all the same challenges and hurdles—and remember the unique strengths that can make New Jersey a growth leader.”(25)

 

 

 

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50 Years Ago: 1967 Newark Riots

As described in the State of New Jersey 2014 Hazard Mitigation Plan, the Newark riots were: “The worst civil disturbance incident to occur in New Jersey happened in 1967 in Newark. The event was fueled by police brutality, political exclusion of African Americans, urban renewal, inadequate housing, unemployment, and poverty.”(5.14-3)

Relevant sources include:

1967 Newark Riot Timeline; Newark: The Slow Road Back (1987 NJN documentary on the aftermath); The Lilley Commission Reports and Hearings (“The hearing transcripts of the [New Jersey] Governor’s Select Commission on Civil Disorder (Lilley Commission) offer first hand accounts from over a hundred witnesses to the events that have come to be known as the Newark riots or civil disorders.”); Newark Evening News reports on the riots (Newark Public Library); Riots, Civil and Criminal Disorders : hearings before the United States Senate Committee on Government Operations, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Ninetieth and Ninety-First Congresses (25 volumes, 1967-70); Photographs from The Star-LedgerPhotographs (Getty Images); full text dissertations on this; and The Newark Uprising of 1967 (Seton Hall University).

 

 

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What New Jersey State Offices Are Closed Because of the Government Shutdown

A full listing is available here. Please remember that this budget impasse does NOT affect local or county governments.

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Where To See 2017 4th of July Fireworks in New Jersey

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Just How Busy Is Penn Station?

This interactive video shows the amount of train traffic into Penn Station during a 40-minute span during rush hour. Now you know why the planned reduction of tracks due to long overdue maintenance work will create a transit nightmare.

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2017 New Jersey Memorial Day Events

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How President Trump’s Proposed Budget Hurts New Jersey

And it does in a big way. To review the effects of his proposed budget, please read here and here and here.

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