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Issues in Depth

What Is Census 2020 and Why Does It Matter for New Jersey?

Almost everything we know about our population and our communities comes from information collected during the decennial census and its related surveys. When New Jersey residents are not counted, the state loses funding and influence. Read the full policy paper.

Addressing Unequal Education Across New Jersey’s Public Schools

It is widely documented that New Jersey has one of the best public education systems in the country. However, disparities persist and are correlated with segregation, both economic and racial. New Jersey has one of the most segregated public school systems in the nation. In fact, only two states have more segregated schools than the Garden State. Read the full policy paper.

Residential Segregation & Lack of Affordable Housing

New Jersey is among the most segregated states in the nation in terms of housing. This dynamic creates communities where poverty is concentrated, educational and economic opportunities are scarce, and upward mobility is limited. Read the full policy paper.

Policies to Spur Reductions of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Human activity such as burning fossil fuels increases carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, thereby “forcing” climate change. The natural consequences of climate change include superstorms such as Hurricane Sandy, rising sea levels, and extreme fluctuations in heat and precipitation. Read the full policy paper.

New Jersey benefits from the presence of large and vibrant immigrant communities that make significant cultural and economic contributions to the state.  More than 2 million immigrants live in New Jersey (22% of the population). Read the full policy paper.

The Fund for New Jersey Reaffirms Commitment to Racial Justice

In the wake of George Floyd’s death and the protests that followed, the Trustees of The Fund for New Jersey have issued a statement that reaffirms The Fund’s commitment to achieving racial justice in New Jersey through investment in policy reforms in housing, education, criminal justice, economic justice, and public health.  The statement provides data and analysis on the interconnected crises of structural racism and COVID-19 in New Jersey. Now, recognizing this opportunity for systemic change, The Fund for New Jersey is increasing its commitment to address structural racism. Read the press release here and the full statement here.

Increasing Representation, Expanding Participation, and Improving Security

There are many reasons to cheer New Jersey's democratic well-being and there are also reasons to worry. There are many opportunities for action in increasing representation in redistricting, the safety and access of voting and voting systems in the state, and other areas of democratic importance. Read the full policy paper here.