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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: New Jersey state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: New Jersey state flag © Public Domain

Fast Fact

From August to November in 1797, 1798, and 1799, Secretary of State Timothy Pickering moved the Department of State from Washington, D.C. to Trenton, New Jersey, because of recurring epidemics of yellow fever. More»

For about a 1% investment of the Federal budget, the State Department yields a large return for the American people by advancing U.S. national security, promoting our economic interests, providing services, and reaffirming our country’s exceptional role in the world. Read on to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.

New Jersey

  • Jobs and Diplomacy

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new export opportunities for American businesses and workers through trade initiatives. Of the 20,711 New Jersey exporters in 2013, 92% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, New Jersey exports totaled $36.6 billion. Those exports supported 165,695 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • With assistance from the Bureaus of Economic and Business Affairs and East Asian and Pacific Affairs, New Jersey-based Genie Energy Ltd. signed an exclusive agreement with its Mongolian subsidiary to explore and evaluate the commercial potential of oil shale resources in central Mongolia. (EB/EAP) More»

    • The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs assisted with a deal for Honeywell’s Smartpath technology to be used to increase air traffic capacity at India’s Chennai International Airport. (EB) More»

    • New Jersey hosted foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $628,000 to the New Jersey economy through contracts and federal grants that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • The Bureau of Diplomatic Security provided approximately $44,000 to New Jersey-based vendors for procurement of goods and services. (DS) More»

    • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in New Jersey. (HR)

  • Education

    • 120 Scholars, Students and Teachers from New Jersey were awarded Fulbright Scholarships. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Usha Pitts): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • A high school student from New Jersey participated in the first-ever WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Gashora, Rwanda, which brought 30 American and 90 African girls together for a three week curriculum in computer science, robotics, leadership, and social enterprise during summer 2015. Part of the Let Girls Learn Initiative, the goal of WiSci is to empower young women with the knowledge and skillsets to be competitive with their male counterparts during a time of rapid, technological development, providing them with access to high-tech resources, like-minded peers, impactful business connections and inspiring mentors. Learn more about WiSci here. (S/GP)

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) partnered with the Stevens Institute of Technology through the Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab research program. The Institute provided a research project to INL on the Principles of Atrocities Prevention and The Role of Criminal Justice Sector Reform. (INL) More»

    • 298 exchange visitors from overseas visited New Jersey and 237 New Jersey residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • Rutgers University received a $250,000 award from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative to collaborate with India’s Tata Institute of Social Sciences on a project to enhance talent development capacity for India and the US. (SCA) More»

    • 175 Brazilian students attended several educational institutions in New Jersey through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This program is funded by the Brazilian government and the private sector and sends 101,000 Brazilian university students of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to study and conduct research abroad. The U.S. is a priority destination for scholarship recipients, and the program strengthens U.S. and Brazilian institutional partnerships, develops a workforce prepared for 21st century opportunities, and contributes to long-term economic growth for both countries. (WHA) More»

    • Rowan University participated in an International Virtual College Fair hosted by the Department of State in 2013 to celebrate International Education Week and the $29 billion international student industry in the United States. The event featured colleges and universities from across the United States and had more than 22,000 potential students from 206 countries in attendance who completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • The Department of State facilitates the New Jersey National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Albania, founded in 2001. (PM) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals in 2015: 328. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations, which place refugees in over 300 affiliated offices in roughly 180 communities around the country. These local offices work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. (PRM) More»

    • Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken is a participating school in the Diplomacy Lab partnership led by the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships. Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to "course-source" research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at universities across the country. Learn more about Diplomacy Lab here. (S/GP)

    • U.S. Department of State granted $55,000 to Princeton University in support of research developing new technologies that advance arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament through the Verification Fund. (AVC) More»

    • The New York Foreign Press Center hosted 17 journalists on a tour of Newark to learn about refugee resettlement in the United States. (PA) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2015: 560,998. (CA) More»

    • 279 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities. (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for New Jersey families in Fiscal Year 2014: 121. The Office of Children's Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process. Its work is dedicated to assisting parents as they seek to provide a home to orphans abroad. (CA) More»

    • Diplomatic Security New York Field Office serves New Jersey: Diplomatic Security has offices throughout the United States staffed with special agents and contract investigators, who conduct criminal, counterterrorism and background investigations. Agents assigned to field and resident offices assist in providing support to the protection of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and visiting foreign dignitaries. Liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. (DS – Resident Office: Fort Lee Investigative Field OfficeMore»

    • U.S. Department of State published a pamphlet, “Hudson County, New Jersey: Peruvian American Community” to encourage trade and tourism by sharing the history and culture of the local Peruvian Americans. (IIP) More»


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