Jon Whiten

whiten200x150Jon Whiten, Deputy Director, joined NJPP in October 2011 after working for a decade as an editor, writer and entrepreneur. Before joining NJPP, he was the founding editor and publisher one of New Jersey’s most successful hyperlocal news websites, the Jersey City Independent, and its sister print publication, NEWmagazine. He has previously served as an editor for the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, a fact-checker forColumbia Journalism Review and an assistant editor at a community newspaper chain in Northern Virginia. His freelance work has been published in various 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.

He received a MA in media ecology from New York University, and a BS in communications and sociology from Boston University.

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


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.


Report: In Every County, Very Few New Jerseyans Owe Estate Tax

In 20 of New Jersey’s 21 counties, fewer than 400 heirs have estates large enough to owe the estate tax in any given year – and in the majority of counties, including every one in the southern part of the state, fewer than 200 heirs owe the tax.

The New Jersey State House, Trenton, New Jersey, USA

Marijuana Legalization Could Bring $300 Million in Tax Revenue to New Jersey

The first-of-its-kind report in New Jersey is based on the experiences of other states, current information on marijuana users in New Jersey and the surrounding area, current pricing, and the tax structure of other states as they relate to New Jersey’s interests.