New Jersey State Resource Center
New Jersey Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The Attorney General (AG) is head of the Office of the Attorney General and Department of Law & Public Safety. The AG serves as the state’s chief law enforcement officer and legal advisor, and is responsible for the management and administration of the department. The AG oversees the criminal justice system, protects the safety of the public, and defends the state against lawsuits. The AG is authorized to provide legal advice only to departments, agencies and instrumentalities of State government.
The Governor of New Jersey is the chief executive of the state of New Jersey. The governor is directly elected by the voters to become the political and ceremonial head of the sovereign state. The governor performs the executive functions of the state, and is not directly subordinate to the federal authorities. The governor assumes additional roles, such as being the Commander-in-Chief of the New Jersey National Guard forces (when they are not federalized).
- Lt. Governor
The Lt. Governor of New Jersey is a position that has existed since January 2010, following conjoint election with the Governor of New Jersey. The position was created as the result of a Constitutional amendment to the New Jersey State Constitution passed by the voters on November 8, 2005. While the amendment itself took effect as of January 17, 2006, and made some interim changes to the succession to the governorship, the first lieutenant governor was not elected until November 3, 2009,
- Secretary of State
The New Jersey Department of State oversees all the arts, cultural, history and volunteer programs in the state. The Department partners with other state entities, particularly the Departments of Education, Environmental Protection and Community Affairs, to sustain and enhance these programs to ensure the widest possible public participation.
- State of New Jersey
New Jersey is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Today, New Jersey has the highest population density and the second highest median income of any state in the United States. It's nicknamed the Garden State.
- State Treasurer
The mission of the New Jersey Department of the Treasury is to formulate and manage the State's budget, generate and collect revenues, disburse the appropriations used to operate New Jersey State government, manage the State's physical and financial assets, and provide statewide support services to State and local government agencies as well as the citizens of New Jersey.
New Jersey Legislative Branch
- New Jersey State Legislature
The principal function of the Legislature is to enact laws. The Legislature consists of two Houses: a 40-member Senate and an 80-member General Assembly. While legislators spend a considerable amount of their time on legislative matters, service in the Legislature is considered to be part-time, and most legislators also hold other employment.
New Jersey Court Rules and Forms
- New Jersey Appellate Forms
- New Jersey Court Forms
Legal Practice Forms. The New Jersey Judiciary prepared these materials for attorneys practicing law in the State of New Jersey.
- New Jersey Court Rules
Provides links to Rules of General Application; Rules governing Appellate Practice in the Superior Court; Criminal Practice Rules, Civil Practice Rules in the Suprerior Court, Tax Court & Surrogate's Court; Chancery Division Practice Rules, Family Part; Law Division Practice Rules, Special Civil Part; Municipal Courts Practice Rules; and Tax Courts Practice Rules. Also provides links to Appendices.
- Self-Help Resource Center
The services offered by the Self-Help Resource Center include general information about representing oneself in court, what the court can and cannot do for and individual, contact information, brochures, forms and kits. The New Jersey Judiciary prepared these materials for individuals who choose to represent themselves in some legal matters.
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court - District of New Jersey Forms
Provides links to National and Local Bankruptcy Forms. Official National forms are approved by the Judicial Conference of the United States and are mandatory. Procedural National forms are drafted and approved by the Administrative Office of the U. S. Courts. They are recommended for use, rather than mandatory. Local forms are drafted and approved by the Court's Board of Judges for use in the District of New Jersey.
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court - District of New Jersey Rules & Orders
Provides links to Local Rules, General Orders and Amendments
New Jersey Judicial Branch
- New Jersey Judiciary
The structure of New Jersey's court system is among the simplest in the nation. There are only a few basic types of courts in the state: Municipal courts; Tax Court; state Superior Court, which includes the trial courts; an Appellate Division and the New Jersey Supreme Court.
New Jersey Executive Branch
- Department of Agriculture
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) promotes, protects and serves the Garden State’s diverse agriculture and agribusiness industries. NJDA also manages programs that: feed schoolchildren; distribute surplus federal foods to soup kitchens and pantries; conserve precious soil and water resources; protect farmland from development and preserve it for future agricultural use; expand export markets for fresh and processed agricultural products, and promote New Jersey's commercial fishing industry; and administer the complete program of agriculture, food and natural resource education, which includes the State FFA Association.
- Department of Banking and Insurance
The mission of the Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI) is to regulate the banking, insurance and real estate industries in a professional and timely manner that protects and educates consumers and promotes the growth, financial stability and efficiency of those industries. DOBI is comprised of three main units: the Division of Banking; the Division of Insurance; and the New Jersey Real Estate Commission.
- Department of Community Affairs
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is a State agency created to provide administrative guidance, financial support and technical assistance to local governments, community development organizations, businesses and individuals to improve the quality of life in New Jersey. DCA offers a wide range of programs and services that respond to issues of public concern including fire and building safety, housing production, community planning and development, and local government management and finance.
- Department of Corrections
the mission of the New Jersey Department of Corrections (DOC) is to ensure that all persons committed to the state correctional institutions are confined with the level of custody necessary to protect the public and that they are provided with the care, discipline, training, and treatment needed to prepare them for reintegration into the community. DOC is organized into three separate divisions: Administration; Operations; and Programs and Community Services.
- Department of Education
The mission of the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) is to provide leadership to prepare all students for their role as citizens and for the career opportunities of the 21st century.
- Department of Environmental Protection
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is charged with managing natural resources and solving pollution problems. DEP's vision is to preserve the ecological integrity of the Garden State and maintain and transform places into healthy, sustainable communities. Their dynamic workforce provides excellence in public service through innovation, education, community involvement and sound science.
- Department of Health and Senior Services
The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) oversees all aspects of public health services. It is responsible for oversight of health care institutions, hospital financing, public health and environmental laboratory services, senior services, health care policy and research, minority and multi-cultural health and preparedness for and response to all health-related aspects of terrorism.
- Department of Human Services
The Department of Human Services (DHS) serves individuals and families with low incomes; people with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, or late-onset disabilities; people who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind; parents needing child care services, child support and/or healthcare for their children; and families facing catastrophic medical expenses for their children.
- Department of Labor and Workforce Development
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) provides essential services for the State's workers. The LWD acts to ensure the opportunity for employment at fair wages, enhance the quality of the state's labor force and labor market activities, promote labor/management harmony, and administer income support service for unemployed and disabled workers. The LWD's worker services include the following: Division of Disability Determination Services; Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services; Division of Wage and Hour Compliance; SETC; Temporary Disability Insurance; Unemployment Insurance Information; Workers' Compensation; and Workforce New Jersey.
- Department of Law and Public Safety
In addition to providing statewide law enforcement and emergency response services, the Department of Law & Public Safety is responsible for protecting citizens' civil and consumer rights, promoting highway traffic safety, maintaining public confidence in the alcoholic beverage, gaming and racing industries and providing legal services and counsel to other state agencies.
- Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is a governmental department of the State of New Jersey. It is composed of the New Jersey Army National Guard and the New Jersey Air National Guard. They are administered by the Adjutant General and staff which oversees the activities of the two. This includes the Disasters and Emergency Services Division and Veterans Affairs Division. The department is the official channel of communication between the federal government and the New Jersey State Government on military matters.
- Department of Transportation
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is the agency responsible for transportation issues and policy in New Jersey. NJDOT operates, develops and maintains the State's public road system, including Interstate, State and Federal highways. Most major highways within New Jersey are under NJDOT jurisdiction, except toll routes. NJDOT develops interim and long-term plans and strategic policy on freight and shipping in and around the state, and is also responsible for funding and supporting passenger rail service within New Jersey and to and from nearby points.
- Division of Parks & Forestry
Parks & Forestry is a division of the Department of Environmental Protection. It is responsible for the management and operation of New Jersey's 42 parks, 11 forests and 3 recreation areas, as well as for the more than 50 historic sites and districts. The division is the steward of the historic homes, landscapes and battlefields where George Washington and the Continental Army spent almost half of the American Revolutionary War.
- Division of Travel and Tourism
The Division of Travel and Tourism successfully supports and markets New Jersey’s tourism industry through its unique marketing, advertising and promotion campaigns. In addition to its promotional activities, the Division strongly supports the industry and maintains vital partnerships with tourism members and Destination Marketing Organizations throughout New Jersey.
- Hangout NJ (Kid's Page)
Hangout NJ, the state Web site for kids, provides the cartoon history of New Jersey, NJ facts and symbols, games, information about state history, government, travel, and attractions, and monthly feature stories.
- New Jersey Civil Service Commission
The mission of the Civil Service Commission is to attract, develop and retain a high quality workforce for State, County and Municipal governments. The Civil Service Commission maintains a partnership with management and labor to develop a fair, efficient human resource delivery system rewarding quality, merit and productivity.
- New Jersey Lottery
The mission of the New Jersey Lottery is to raise revenue for maximum contribution to education and institutions benefiting the citizens of New Jersey through the sale of Lottery products. The Lottery accomplishes this by providing entertaining products through a dynamic public business enterprise built upon honesty, integrity, customer satisfaction, teamwork, and public/private partnerships.
- New Jersey State Library
The New Jersey State Library, based in Trenton, New Jersey, was established in 1796 to serve the information needs of New Jersey's Governor, Legislature and courts. The State Library is also responsible to assist in the provision of library and information services to all New Jersey residents.
- New Jersey State Police
The New Jersey State Police (NJSP) is committed to protect, preserve, and safeguard the constitutional and civil rights of all citizens through impartial and courteous law enforcement with integrity and professionalism. NJSP shall ensure public safety and provide quality service in partnership with their communities. NJSP is a division of the Department of Law & Public Safety.
- Office of Emergency Management
The Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) is part of the Department of Law & Public Safety. The following three Bureaus make up NJOEM; Emergency Preparedness Bureau; and Recovery Bureau. The Governor has the overall responsibility for NJOEM activities. On behalf of the Governor all activities and departments are coordinated, directed and controlled from the State Office of Emergency Management, Emergency Operations Center.
- Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness
The Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness has one shared focus: strengthening New Jersey through a partnership with individual citizens, the private sector, and state and local partners in the face of many threats and hazards from terrorists to natural disasters. The Office is comprised of two Divisions: the Division of Operations and Division of Preparedness, and eight bureaus.
- Office of Information Technology
The New Jersey Office of Information Technology (OIT) is the central IT organization that oversees the technology infrastructure for the executive branch of State government. The mission of OIT is to work closely with agencies in providing consistent, responsive, high quality information technology services to New Jersey's diverse constituencies, resulting in improved program delivery.
- Office of the Public Defender
The Office is administered by the New Jersey Public Defender, who is appointed to a five-year term by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate. The divisions of the Office of the Public Defender include Administration; Appellate; Office of Law Guardian; Office of Juvenile Service; Office of Parental Representation; Special Hearing; Intensive Supervision Program; and Drug Court.
- Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network
New Jersey's virtual One-Stop, offers on-line services to workers and employers to build NJ’s Workforce for the 21st Century.
New Jersey Boards and Commissions
- Election Law Enforcement Commission
The Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) is dedicated to administering “The New Jersey Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting Act,” “The Gubernatorial, Legislative Disclosure Statement Act,” “Legislative and Governmental Process Activities Disclosure Act,” and various portions of the “Uniform Recall Election Law.”
- Garden State Preservation Trust
The Garden State Preservation Trust is the financing authority that provides the funds to preserve forests and meadows, watersheds and wildlife habitats, parks and sports fields, working farms, agricultural landscapes and historic structures. It is financed with Garden State Preservation Trust funds through three partnering agencies: The Green Acres Program; The Farmland Preservation Program; and Historic Preservation.
- New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
The Board of Public Utilities is a regulatory authority with a statutory mandate to ensure safe, adequate, and proper utility services at reasonable rates for customers in New Jersey. NJBPU regulates services such as natural gas, electricity, water and telecommunications and cable television. NJBPU addresses issues of consumer protection, energy reform, deregulation of energy and telecommunications services and the restructuring of utility rates to encourage energy conservation and competitive pricing in the industry.
- New Jersey Building Authority
The New Jersey Building Authority (NJBA) was created in 1981 for the purpose of financing, acquiring, constructing, reconstructing, rehabilitating and improving office buildings and related facilities to meet the needs of State agencies. The NJBA's role has since been expanded to include the design and construction of correctional facilities as well as the restoration and renovation of historic public buildings.
- New Jersey Commission on Higher Education
The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education provides coordination, planning, policy development, and advocacy for the state's higher education system. The Commission is also responsible for institutional licensure and the administration of the Educational Opportunity Fund and other programs. The Commission serves as the principal advocate for an integrated system of higher education which provides a broad scope of higher education programs and services.
- New Jersey Economic Development Authority
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) assists businesses, municipalites and developers with access to capital, including tax-exempt and taxable bond financing, loans, loan guarantees, venture capital and business and tax incentives. EDA also offers real estate development assistance and state-of-the-art technology facilities like the Technology Centre of New Jersey and the Waterfront Technology Center.
- New Jersey Meadowlands Commission
The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission is the zoning and planning agency for a 30.4-square-mile area along the Hackensack River covering parts of 14 municipalities in Bergen and Hudson Counties in New Jersey.
- State Commission of Investigation
The State Commission of Investigation (SCI) is an independent fact-finding agency whose mission is to expose organized crime, public corruption and waste and to recommend reforms in the service of the citizens of New Jersey.
- State Parole Board
The New Jersey State Parole Board (SPB) is New Jersey's lead reentry agency, and works to ensure ex-prisoners return to society as law-abiding citizens. As required by law, appointed Parole Board Members and staff conduct more than 20,000 hearings per year, solicit input from victims and decide parole matters. In addition, SPB is New Jersey's primary law enforcement agency responsible for sex offender supervision.
- Victims of Crime Compensation Office
The New Jersey Victims of Crime Compensation Office (VCCO) assists innocent individuals whose lives have been tragically altered as a result of victimization from violent crimes by providing compensation for some expenses they suffer as a result of the crime.