Jon Whiten

Whiten_8828 copy for site smallJon Whiten, Vice President, works with the Board and leadership team to shape and execute NJPP's mission and strategic vision. He also leads NJPP’s strategic communications efforts, manages its finances and operations, researches key economic justice issues and engages in advocacy and outreach.

Jon's research interests include but aren't limited to: economic development, corporate taxes, the minimum wage, working family tax credits and transportation.

Before joining NJPP in October 2011, Jon worked for a decade as an editor, writer and entrepreneur, including as the founding editor and publisher of the Jersey City Independent. He has previously served as an editor for the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, a fact-checker for Columbia Journalism Review and an assistant editor at a community newspaper chain in Northern Virginia. His freelance work has been published in a number of national and local publications.

Jon currently serves on the Communications Advisory Committee of the State Priorities Partnership and on the Communications Committee of the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey, and is a co-chair of the New Jersey For Transit coalition.

Email: whiten (at) | Phone: 609-393-1145 ext. 15


Op-Ed: Cut the Politics and Make a Smarter Transportation Funding Deal

Tax-cut tradeoffs might make for good politics but they make for bad policy.

New Jersey’s Subsidy Surge Tops the $7 Billion Mark

For a state already so deep in a hole, it’s astonishing how eager policymakers are to keep digging the hole even deeper.


Fast Facts: Proposed Tax Package Would Dig New Jersey’s Hole Much Deeper

Proposal would cost the state about $17 billion over the next 10 years as the price for finally enacting a gas tax increase for essential transportation capital funding over the next 8 years.

Op-Ed Q&A: Will Killing Estate Tax Raise All Boats?

Pairing a tax increase that will be most felt by working-class and low-income New Jerseyans with a major tax cut that will deliver all of its benefit to the state’s wealthiest heirs isn’t tax fairness at all.

Senate Chamber of the New Jersey State House, Trenton, USA

Reforming New Jersey’s Subsidy Law: Four Fixes Part of New Legislative Proposal

Legislation would restore financial integrity to the “net benefits test,” ensure fair wages, prevent extra rewards for some known federal tax dodgers and ensure comprehensive review and analysis.