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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 for some specific ways that the Department worked to benefit this state’s citizens.

New Jersey

  • Business/Jobs/Trade

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives through trade agreements that open new export opportunities for American businesses and create jobs for American workers. International trade supports more than 1.1 million New Jersey jobs with customers in 217 countries and territories buying New Jersey-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $36.2 billion in goods exports (2012) and $19.3 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • U.S. Embassy Lusaka in Zambia assisted New Jersey-based construction firm, Acrow, with winning an $85 million contract to build 144 bridges in Zambia, with the potential to grow to $250 million. (AF) More»

    • U.S. Embassy Wellington in New Zealand and U.S. Embassy Apia in Samoa assisted TE Subcom, a company based in New Jersey, to land a $350 million contract to lay fiber optics across the Pacific. (EAP) More»

    • With assistance from the Department of State’s Bureaus of Economic and Business Affairs and East Asian and Pacific Affairs, 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 Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs assisted with a deal for New Jersey-headquartered Honeywell’s Smartpath technology to be used to increase air traffic capacity at India’s Chennai International Airport. (EB) More»

    • New Jersey hosted 11,006 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of Department of State work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $50,000 to the New Jersey economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities, yielding products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

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

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Ana Escrogima): 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»

    • 263 exchange visitors from overseas visited New Jersey and 201 New Jersey residents travelled overseas, including 94 Scholars, Students and Teachers who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 9 New Jersey families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • Rutgers University received a $250,000 award through the Department from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative for enhancing science and technology and high-tech skills training for India and the US with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. (SCA) More»

    • 175 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in New Jersey through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Funded by the Brazilian government and private sector, this program sends101,000 Brazilian university students in 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 the Department of State’s 2013 International Virtual College Fair to celebrate International Education Week and the $29 billion international student industry in the United States. This event featured colleges and universities from across the United States and had more than 22,000 potential students from numerous countries in attendance who completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • New Jersey welcomed 443 refugees. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations and their 350 affiliated offices to place refugees in over 180 communities in all 50 states. These offices work with communities, local volunteers and elected officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. (PRM) More»

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

    • The New York Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions serves New Jersey and assists with the Department of State’s regulation of foreign missions in the U.S. in a manner that is in accordance with both foreign policy and the national interests of the United States. Among other duties and responsibilities, OFM regional offices liaise with local, state, and federal government agencies in matters affecting foreign consular representation, immunities, and privileges. OFM regional offices also reinforce the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ message to law enforcement agencies regarding consular notification in the event of arrest, detention, or death of foreign nationals. (M/OFM)

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

  • Travel and Security

    • 496,260 passports were issued to New Jersey residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department receives passport applications through 279 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in New Jersey. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 183 overseas adoptions for New Jersey families in 2012. The Office of Children's Issues (CI) 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»

    • New Jersey welcomed 863,000 international visitors in 2012, comprising 2.9% of the U.S. market share.* (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s New York Field Office serves New Jersey and has a Resident Office in Fort Lee: In the United States, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security protects the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and foreign dignitaries below the head-of-state level who visit the United States. The Bureau also develops and implements security programs to protect the more than 100 domestic State Department facilities as well as the residence of the Secretary of State. Domestically, the Bureau’s agents focus on investigating passport and visa fraud, conducting personnel security investigations, and issuing security clearances. The Bureau also assists foreign embassies and consulates in the United States with the security for their missions and personnel. (DS) More»

*Excluding Canada and Mexico, whose land border entries are not included in the methodology for establishing the number of international visitors by State.


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