New Jersey State Society

New Jersey State Society The award-winning New Jersey State Society is the premier social networking organization for the New Jersey community in the Nation's Capital.
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NJSS is a non-profit, non-partisan, 501 (c) (4) tax exempt organization founded in 1941 for Washington area individuals and organizations with business, social, or political ties to New Jersey. The Society fosters educational, cultural, charitable and social activities and provides a networking link between New Jerseyans and former New Jerseyans in government and the private sector. NJSS sponsors or co-sponsors various networking and sporting events throughout the year, as well as the Garden State Inaugural Gala and New Jersey Day at the National Cathedral every four years. NJSS is affiliated with the Congressionally chartered National Conference of State Societies and has all volunteer leadership. New Jersey Senators and Members of the House of Representatives serve as Honorary Directors of NJSS. NJSS offers individual and family annual membership categories, as well as the opportunity to support NJSS as a corporate or organizational member through platinum, gold, silver, bronze, or education level annual sponsorship packages.

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The New Jersey State Society's next  "Coffee and Conversation" meeting series will take place on Friday, October 30th at...
10/29/2020

The New Jersey State Society's next "Coffee and Conversation" meeting series will take place on Friday, October 30th at 2:00 PM with special guest Rep. Donald Norcross!

This event is open to members and sponsors in good standing only, so please email NJStateSociety if you'd like to RSVP!

In light of the current pandemic, the New Jersey State Society has recently begun hosting Virtual Events with NJ Delegat...
07/07/2020

In light of the current pandemic, the New Jersey State Society has recently begun hosting Virtual Events with NJ Delegation members, with great success! Our next Zoom event is this Thursday with special guest, Rep. Don Payne! This event is open to NJSS members only, so please email [email protected] if you'd like more info or to RSVP!

We are saddened to report the passing of Nick Acocella, a dear friend of NJSS and the founding editor of Politifax, the ...
06/23/2020

We are saddened to report the passing of Nick Acocella, a dear friend of NJSS and the founding editor of Politifax, the quintessential New Jersey political report. Nick passed away on June 20th at the age of 77.

Nancy Fatemi, our wonderful former Executive Director, wrote a lovely tribute to him, below:

Nick Acocella will always hold a special place in our hearts and we will miss him greatly. Nick was someone so full of life and of love for New Jersey that it was catching and one did not dare say anything negative about the Garden State in his presence without getting swiftly corrected.

In his Politifax columns, Nick always referred to us as New Jersey’s “merry band of expats” in the Nation’s Capital. We were grateful for his weekly newsletter, which we subscribed to for over 10 years, because it was a great way to keep on top of what was happening back home. Not many people could synthesize a week of New Jersey politics,including county and municipal, into four small pages. And we were always proud to have an event of ours listed as the “Event of the Week.” Nick was an encyclopedia of knowledge and whenever we needed to make a decision that could have some political sensitivity back home, we knew we could get a sound recommendation from him.

Ten years ago yesterday, Nick came down to DC to speak at our first “NJ Politics & You” reception at the Stewart Mott House. At that event, the New Jersey State Society presented him with a portrait done for us by retired Star Ledger editorial cartoonist Bil Canfield. We had asked Bil, who was in his late 80s at the time, to create a portrait that would depict Nick as a hard core reporter who spanned the old typewriter/rewrite journalism and the new digital journalism (the latter of which Nick did not seem to welcome all that much!). We made sure his baseball books were also in the scene. Nick loved the painting, with its desktop computer on one side and an old Underwood on the other, and he displayed it on his wall near the kitchen where he taped his cooking series, “Pasta & Politics.” Nick, count us, your “merry band of expats”, as among those who will never forget you, your warmth, your enthusiasm and even your sometimes crusty demeanor, which made you all the more genuine and beloved. And thank you for all the wonderful things you did for us and for our great State of New Jersey.

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12/23/2019

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11/28/2019
Don't miss our Garden State Holiday Reception December 10 in the Nation's Capital....or our many other great events duri...
11/19/2019

Don't miss our Garden State Holiday Reception December 10 in the Nation's Capital....or our many other great events during the year. Join the Jersey Crowd in DC for fun and inside-the-beltway networking. Click "Membership"at NJSS.org

Funeral Services today in NJ for a great and beloved NJ public servant, former Congressman Bill Hughes.
11/04/2019
Obituary of William J. Hughes, Sr. | The Godfrey Funeral Home

Funeral Services today in NJ for a great and beloved NJ public servant, former Congressman Bill Hughes.

THE HON. WILLIAM J. HUGHES, SR. Ambassador and former U.S. Congressman William (Bill) J. Hughes, Sr. of Ocean City, NJ, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at his home. He was 87 years old. Born on October 17, 1932 and raised in Penns Grove, New Jersey, he graduated from Penns Grove High Scho...

ELECTION DAY tomorrow in NJ. A good summary.(Whether you are living out-of-state or in-state, NJSpotlight.com is a great...
11/04/2019
Election Day Preview: Last-Minute Campaigning and Late Spending | NJ Spotlight

ELECTION DAY tomorrow in NJ. A good summary.

(Whether you are living out-of-state or in-state, NJSpotlight.com is a great non-partisan, in-depth resource on issues and events in New Jersey.)

With Assembly races topping the ballot, voter interest has been low. And with few competitive races, what will turnout be like?

09/11/2019
NJ.com

Lest we forget.........

On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives, and more than 700 of them were known to have lived or grown up in New Jersey.
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Their memories live on.

Hats off to our NJ Librarians and the NJ Center for the Book (NJCFTB) at Rutgers for the most popular table at the Natio...
09/01/2019

Hats off to our NJ Librarians and the NJ Center for the Book (NJCFTB) at Rutgers for the most popular table at the National Book Festival's Parade of the States! Well over 1,000 children stopped by to have the NJ stamp placed on their US maps. And, they posted a note on an outline of the Garden State of "The book I can't live without." (Harry Potter is still the runaway favorite, by the way!) Congratulations to the NJCFTB for this year's success and thanks for always including us in this great event.

Hats off to our NJ Librarians and the NJ Center for the Book (NJCFTB) at Rutgers for the most popular table at the National Book Festival's Parade of the States! Well over 1,000 children stopped by to have the NJ stamp placed on their US maps. And, they posted a note on an outline of the Garden State of "The book I can't live without." (Harry Potter is still the runaway favorite, by the way!) Congratulations to the NJCFTB for this year's success and thanks for always including us in this great event.

Only In New Jersey
08/12/2019
Only In New Jersey

Only In New Jersey

Fourth is great but we think we can do better...

Keeping the Jersey Crowd together in the Nation's Capital!  Join us for bipartisan fun and inside-the-beltway networking...
07/24/2019

Keeping the Jersey Crowd together in the Nation's Capital! Join us for bipartisan fun and inside-the-beltway networking njss.org

Keeping the Jersey Crowd together in the Nation's Capital! Join us for bipartisan fun and inside-the-beltway networking njss.org

Happy Fourth New Jersey!
07/04/2019

Happy Fourth New Jersey!

We had great fun and raised over $700 for charity at our NJSS pre-game receptions before the recent women's softball and...
06/30/2019

We had great fun and raised over $700 for charity at our NJSS pre-game receptions before the recent women's softball and the men's (mostly) Congressional baseball games.
And, it was the first time in years that NJ had two Members of Congress playing: Reps. Bill Pascrell and Rep. Tom Malinowski. Pascrell coached the Democratic team to victory and Malinowski rocked the crowd with a double, single, two walks and four steals!
Special thanks to Congressman Frank Pallone for attending our pre-game reception as we whooped up the Jersey Crowd, both Democrats and Republicans, in preparation for the upcoming battle.
There were no female NJ Members of Congress playing on the bipartisan Women's Congressional softball team (maybe this explains the team loss to the Bad News Bears journalists), but there WAS plenty of fan support from our home-state crowd at the game.
Hats off and many thanks to our NJSS event sponsors, ITC, Gibbons PC, Samsung, Cognizant, PSEG, Sills Cummis & Gross and The Ferguson Group!

06/12/2019
New Jersey Hall of Fame

New Jersey Hall of Fame

Even with our state’s long and celebrated history, New Jersey continues to inspire people of all ages- and our newest class of inductees are a perfect representation of what makes it great. Here are the inductees for the New Jersey Hall of Fame, Class of 2018:

ARTS AND LETTERS
Peter Benchley**, author
Jerry Izenberg, sports columnist
George R. R. Martin, author of “Game of Thrones”
Timothy White, photographer

ENTERPRISE
J. Fletcher Creamer Sr.**, businessman
F.M. Kirby II**, businessman
Tim McLoone, restaurateur, entrepreneur
Mary Roebling**, businesswoman
Arthur F. Ryan, businessman
Martha Stewart*, businesswoman/TV personality

PERFORMING ARTS
Jason Alexander, actor
Southside Johnny Lyon, musician
The Smithereens (Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken, Mike Mesaros, and the late Pat DiNizio), musicians

PUBLIC SERVICE
Elizabeth Allen**, Activist
Victor Parsonnet, physician, professor

SPORTS
Harry Carson, N.Y. Giant
Anne Donovan**, basketball player, coach
Laurie Hernandez, gymnast
Bart Oates, N.Y. Giant

*- Previously selected, and being inducted in 2019. **-Being honored posthumously.

Thank you to the legislative experts who served on our NJ’s Federal Priorities panel, sharing their knowledge, experienc...
06/01/2019

Thank you to the legislative experts who served on our NJ’s Federal Priorities panel, sharing their knowledge, experience and strategic advice on the New Jersey's needs and projects. Guests, including many House and Senate staffers, joined in the breakfast discussion at Capitol Hill's Tortilla Coast covering such issues as transportation, infrastructure, healthcare, education, environment, military installations and the Congressional appropriations outlook. From left, NJSS Board Member Kyle Mulroy, founder of Washington Strategic Consulting and a former Sen.Torricelli staffer, Nancy Fox, principal in Winning Strategies Washington and long-time Rep. Frelinghuysen and Appropriations Committee staffer, and Kirtan Mehta, federal affairs director for NJ Governor Phil Murphy and a former Sen. Manchin staffer. Thank you also to our guests whose questions and insights led to a lively and informative session for all.

New Jersey 101.5
05/26/2019
New Jersey 101.5

New Jersey 101.5

Summer's here! Some beaches are actually free.

Salute the Troops, Inc
05/26/2019

Salute the Troops, Inc

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Congratulations to Susan Page for hitting Number 3 on the NY Times bestseller list with  "The Matriarch, Barbara Bush an...
04/26/2019

Congratulations to Susan Page for hitting Number 3 on the NY Times bestseller list with "The Matriarch, Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty." Susan is Washington Bureau Chief of USA Today and for 10 years has been graciously hosting the New Jersey State Society at the annual Gridiron Show in Washington, DC. For a schedule of her book signings, visit susanpagedc.com

The NJ State Society at the National Cherry Blossom Festival
04/14/2019

The NJ State Society at the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Our NJ Cherry Blossom Princess Carissa Smith with our Junior Princesses, from left, Violet Dukes, Iris Dukes and Riley C...
04/08/2019

Our NJ Cherry Blossom Princess Carissa Smith with our Junior Princesses, from left, Violet Dukes, Iris Dukes and Riley Clair, at the Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony at the Tidal Basin in Washington DC. The lantern is lit only once a year during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Congratulations to our Junior Cherry Blossom Princesses who received their sashes today at a ceremony in Washington, DC....
04/06/2019

Congratulations to our Junior Cherry Blossom Princesses who received their sashes today at a ceremony in Washington, DC. They are from left, Riley Clair, Iris Dukes (seated) and Violet Dukes. The Junior Princess Program is sponsored by the National Conference of State Societies for girls 5-16. During the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the junior princesses join the official state princesses at numerous cultural and educational events. You can learn more about the junior program at statesocieties.org

Meet Carissa J. Smith of Bloomfield, NJ, our 2019 NJ Cherry Blossom Princess!  Carissa currently serves as digital press...
04/06/2019

Meet Carissa J. Smith of Bloomfield, NJ, our 2019 NJ Cherry Blossom Princess! Carissa currently serves as digital press secretary for the U.S.House Oversight Committee. A graduate of Bloomfield High School and Bowie State University, she is a part of American University's Women & Politics Institute from which she will graduate this May.
Carissa will attend Cherry Blossom Festival events this week in the Nation's Capital, including the Women’s Empowerment Forum, the Congressional Reception, the Cherry Blossom Princess Ball and the Cherry Blossom parade. Princesses from all 50 states and US territories will also spend a day volunteering for a special education program in DC for children with disabilities.
Carissa’s selection was based on her record of community service and professional and academic achievement.
The public can attend most of these events sponsored by the National Conference of State Societies. Check out www.njss.org for more details. And while you are at it, join the New Jersey State Society of Washington DC and don't miss the Jersey action in the Nation's Capital

Over 20 billion pounds of plastic are circulating in our oceans and it’s not just a Pacific Ocean phenomenon.  There is ...
04/06/2019
8 simple ways to reduce your plastic use

Over 20 billion pounds of plastic are circulating in our oceans and it’s not just a Pacific Ocean phenomenon. There is a huge North Atlantic garbage patch negatively impacting sea birds, fish resources and navigation.

The number-one way to reduce plastic waste is to cut back on the amount we use in our daily lives.

03/27/2019
NJ.com

NJ.com

This is one of the nation's oldest seaside resort towns, and you've never seen it like this. Who would you take along on a trip to Cape May?

Heartbeat of the Ocean
03/25/2019

Heartbeat of the Ocean

Please help our ocean...

A packed NJ crowd at our New Jersey Devils "Fire on Ice" Networking Reception at the Iron Horse Tap Room in DC. While ge...
03/10/2019

A packed NJ crowd at our New Jersey Devils "Fire on Ice" Networking Reception at the Iron Horse Tap Room in DC. While getting warmed up for the game with Hill Country barbecue, Devils fans (and a few of those Caps guys and gals) bid on our silent auction items. Most popular Devils item was the Kyle Palmieri autographed stick. Most popular non-Devils item, our megabus.com travel certificates. Thanks to these two top sponsors for the donations, and thanks to our other partners, Roberti Global, Bracewell LLP, Davey Consulting, Rachel Zagrabelny McGreevy and Jim McGreevey . Hats off to Larry Guillemette for the photos. Don't miss the Jersey fun in DC! Join njss.org

Donald M. Payne Jr.
03/07/2019

Donald M. Payne Jr.

Yesterday was the seventh anniversary of the death of my father, the great Congressman Donald M. Payne. In his honor, I introduced a bipartisan resolution to declare March 2019 National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Education about the preventable #cancer can save lives.

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