Courage to Connect NJ educates the public and elected officials in
New Jersey about municipal consolidation by merging towns into town clusters for improved efficiency and savings.
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Save the Date!
Friday, May 2, 2014 8am-noon
CtoC-NJ will host our 4th Annual Seminar
highlighting School Regionalization
at the Robert Meyner Conference Center
at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel.
- Participants will learn from the school board members who worked many years to get school regionalization on the ballot in South Hunterdon. Their efforts led to 85% of the voters in Stockton, West Amwell and Lambertville to support the regionalization of their four school districts into one.
- A second panel will discuss innovations in education that currently are working around the state. These options could be available to school districts that choose to regionalize.
- Atttendees will get an Update from the Princetons – One Year into their Consolidation
- Panelists and registration will be available in February.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo dedicated over four minutes of his 2014 State of the State speech to local government consolidation to address their highest property taxes in the nation. Listen to this section of his passionate speech.
On November 1, 2013, the residents of
Mount Arlington and Roxbury submitted their petitions to their town clerks to initiate the Consolidation Commission Application process.
Courage to Connect NJ congratulates
South Hunterdon for their landslide approval
from the voters to regionalize their four school districts into one.
Lambertville, West Amwell and Stockton join the Princetons in demonstrating that this kind of change is possible.
2013 was the first year in New Jersey that we reduced the number of municipalities and school districts. Now we need to continue this momentum around the state in 2014.
You can keep the momentum going
and build on these successes!
Contact Courage To Connect NJ to be a resource for your efforts.
CtoCNJ Exec. Dir. Gina Genovese, Former Princeton Twp. Mayor Chad Goerner and Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert at Princeton University
Summary of June 5 Courage to Connect NJ
Seminar at Princeton University
- Princeton has shown us that consolidating municipalities is no longer an unknown.
- Attendees learned how two towns becoming one municipality could enhance and add services while saving up to $4 million annually.
- A newly created police department offers superior services, better response times and innovative ways to meet the needs of their community.
- Elected officials around the state shared stories of their efforts for school, police, fire and municipal consolidation in their communities.
A Path To Success
Download “A Path To Success”, an overview of Princeton’s Consolidation.
This presentation shares Princeton’s historic consolidation and what they did to overcome fear and keep the public engaged and informed during the process.
Be a Part of Building Stronger Communities
Join the courageous citizens, elected officials and school board members who have started consolidation efforts in their towns.
Scotch Plains and Fanwood
Roxbury and Mt. Arlington
Loch Arbour and Allenhurst
Five Mayors working toward multi-town consolidation.
School Board Members
South Hunterdon Regional
(West Amwell, Stockton and Lambertville)
Voters approved this regionalization on Sept. 24, 2013. Congratulations!
Start or join a movement in your area.
Reach out to Gina@CourageToConnectNJ.org
Third Edition of the CTC-NJ Guidebook Released!
Click here or on the image to download this newly updated Third Edition of the Courage to Connect NJ Guidebook: The Tools for Municipal Consolidation in New Jersey. When the Guidebook was originally released in January 2011, this groundbreaking publication became the first document in New Jersey’s history to provide citizens and policymakers with an easy-to-use, step-by-step guide to municipal consolidation.
In response to overwhelming demand, CTC-NJ has released a Third edition, with a discussion of recent changes in New Jersey’s consolidation laws, as well as additional facts and figures.
Among the updates:
- An overview of the roles and responsibilities of the Consolidation Study Commissioners provided by the Princeton Commissioners;
- Sample copies of all the documents needed to create a Consolidation Study Commission; and
- A list of all the communities in New Jersey and the number of petition signatures needed for citizens to request a Consolidation Study Commission.
- The Guidebook Templates, which gives you the nuts and bolts of organizing a consolidation campaign. It has everything you need, including sample press releases, talking points, draft op-eds, and much more.
- Media Training Guide, which offers strategies and suggestions for creating a clear and consistent message about your consolidation efforts.
All materials produced by CTC-NJ are available in hard copy and electronic formats.
Is it necessary for NJ to have
566 separate municipal governments?
What are the consequences of supporting this structure?
You can start the discussion in your town!
Contact Gina at email@example.com to learn more,
sponsor a presentation, set up a date, and be part of the movement.
Be a part of the change. Be a part of the solution.
This video ’Can New Jersey Connect?’ introduces the concept of connecting communities where multiple distinct towns share an administrative structure. Mayor McCormac of Woodbridge Township explains how the ten towns in his township function under one government but they each maintain their own sense of community. Interviews with residents of the township show how each neighborhood retains its own name and feel. The film takes you to the stores of Iselin, the streets of Colonia and the Tide Watchers Club in Sewaren to show the richness and diversity of New Jersey and how we can keep that diversity without separate costly governments.