On behalf of the American people, the State Department promotes and demonstrates democratic values and advances a free, peaceful, and prosperous world. By leading America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance, the Department keeps the American people safe both at home and abroad and advances our shared economic prosperity. The State Department directly impacts the “Garden State” of New Jersey, from its relocation to Trenton in 1797 to its partnerships and collaborations today.
The State Department has its own history in New Jersey. From August to November in 1797, 1798, and 1799, Secretary of State Timothy Pickering moved the State Department to Trenton, New Jersey, because of recurring epidemics of yellow fever. For each move, the Department’s furniture, books, and papers were shipped and carted to Trenton. While in Trenton, the Department occupied rooms in the New Jersey State House.
Today, the State Department impacts New Jersey in a very different way. First, the State Department facilitates the New Jersey National Guard’s State Partnership Program (SPP) with Albania. The State Partnership Program links a state’s National Guard with the armed forces or equivalent of a partner country in a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship. Through this SPP, which was established in 2001, the New Jersey National Guard conducts military-to-military engagements every year with Albanian counterparts in support of defense security goals. The SPP has become a key U.S. security cooperation tool, facilitating collaboration across all aspects of international civil-military affairs and encouraging people-to-people ties at the state level.
As part of the Diplomacy Lab network, the State Department has partnered with Stevens Institute of Technology and Stockton University. Led by the State Department’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. Partner schools like Stevens Institute of Technology and Stockton University conduct research around Department-selected topics, and over the course of a semester, professors guide students in developing a final work product that accomplishes the goals outlined by the Department. Diplomacy Lab underscores the Department’s commitment to engage with the American people in the work of the State Department, and the need to broaden the Department’s research base in response to increasingly complex and evolving global challenges.
From Newark to Atlantic City, the State Department positively impacts New Jerseyites through defense and educational partnerships, ultimately keeping the people of New Jersey and the rest of the United States safe and prosperous.
Find out more about the Department of State’s impact in American communities at Department of State by State.
Editor’s Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State’s publication on Medium.