Message from NJPP
We started New Jersey Policy Perspective in 1997 because of the need for credible research and analysis on important issues facing New Jersey. Reasoned, effective public policy requires more than bumper sticker slogans, 30-second commercials and TV news sound bites. It takes an informed, engaged public. Information is crucial so people can help to shape the debates we must have about this state’s future.
We need fresh ideas. We need to explore creative opportunities for getting government back to the job of representing people and helping them to make the best of their lives. NJPP aims to help develop sound, progressive policies to provide New Jersey with a strong fiscal foundation and an equitable way of raising the money the state needs.
And we have delivered results. NJPP has played a crucial role in advancing the most important progressive state policies since 1997: an expanded Earned Income Tax Credit, increased fiscal transparency, the adoption of Paid Family Leave, tighter accountability for corporate subsidies, and a fairer tax code.
NJPP offers information that helps make the debate more balanced. We won’t swallow the conventional wisdom when there are other ways to look at problems. Our publications and outreach activities are part of an effort not only to analyze issues but also to propose policy alternatives. At NJPP we pride ourselves on shining light on problems often ignored by the politicians and the press.
Who Funds NJPP?
Our work is made possible by the support we receive from people just like you, individuals who care about New Jersey and making the state a better place to live for future generations. We also receive the generous support of the following grant-making organizations (in alphabetical order): The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Community Catalyst and The Fund for New Jersey. If you would like to join this growing group of supporters, we welcome your support. NJPP is a 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code. That means we do not engage in elections or partisan politics, and it means your contributions are tax-deductible.
Collaboration and Coalitions
New Jersey Policy Perspective is an active member of the following networks and coalitions:
National: NJPP belongs to The State Priorities Partnership and the Economic Analysis Research Network, which bring together nonpartisan, independent, nonprofit organizations across the United States. These groups share a commitment to rigorous policy analysis and responsible budget and tax policies, with a particular focus on the needs of low- and moderate-income families.
Opportunities and Internships
NJPP accepts applications from prospective interns on a rolling basis. We fill our paid internship positions each academic semester and during the summer. Interns do everything from researching and writing policy reports, briefs and blogs to assisting with administrative functions. We seek candidates with outstanding written and verbal communications skills, including a demonstrated ability to communicate complex topics to non-expert audiences; strong analytical skills, including proficiency with spreadsheets and databases; a demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team, and the ability to prioritize tasks and hit deadlines; and a commitment to and interest in the goals of NJPP. To be considered, please email a resume, cover letter and writing sample to NJPP Deputy Director Jon Whiten at email@example.com – please indicate the semester for which you seek the internship. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jon Whiten at the same email address.