Peter Chen


Peter Chen, Senior Policy Analyst, has worked on child and family policy advocacy in New Jersey since 2014. Most recently, he coordinated New Jersey’s nonprofit campaign for a complete count of the 2020 Census. Additionally, Peter has written reports on topics including: childhood lead poisoning prevention, chronic absenteeism from school, teacher certification, and summer meals. Prior to New Jersey Policy Perspective, Peter was Policy Counsel at Advocates for Children of New Jersey, where he also served as a Skadden Fellow from 2014-16. Peter received his JD from Yale Law School and his Bachelors of Arts from Indiana University-Bloomington. He served as a law clerk for Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

State of the State 2022: Rapid Reaction

Live from the NJPP Zoom room, Sheila, Peter, Brittany, Marleina, Jon, and Lou react to Governor Murphy's State of the State address (with gifs!).

Casino Tax Break a Bad Bet for New Jersey

Despite booming profits and expanding sports-betting revenues, lawmakers gave casinos an early Christmas present worth at least $145 million.

Casinos’ Healthy Profit Margins Render Tax Break Unnecessary

Testimony by Senior Policy Analyst Peter Chen in opposition to lowering casinos' annual PILOT payments.

Expanding the Child and Dependent Care is a Great First Step in Addressing New Jersey’s Child Care Crisis

Expanding the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit will help working families meet the high price of child care in New Jersey.

Expanding the Child and Dependent Care Services Tax Credit Enables Children, Families, and the Economy to Succeed

Testimony by Senior Policy Analyst Peter Chen in support of expanding the child and dependent care services tax credit

Expanding the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Will Help More New Jerseyans Meet the High Costs of Child Care

Bill to make the state Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit refundable passes through Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Improving Indoor Air Quality in Schools Helps Students Succeed

Research shows that improving indoor air quality in schools may pay dividends beyond reducing COVID-19 exposure.

Pandemic Relief Reduced Poverty in 2020

New Census data show that poverty remains far too high, but pandemic relief programs helped families stay afloat.

Redistricting: Where Do Incarcerated People Count?

New law ending prison gerrymandering means people who are incarcerated will be counted at their address prior to incarceration.

How New Jersey’s Population Changed Since 2010 and What it Means for Redistricting

As New Jersey continues to grow larger and more diverse, its institutions and political boundaries should accurately represent its population.
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