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

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

  • 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. International trade supports more than 1.1 million New Jersey jobs with customers in 217 countries 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), saving the average New Jersey family of four more than $10,000 per year due to trade and investment liberalization policies. (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 10,054 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 contributed more than $50,000 to the New Jersey economy by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities that yielded products and services which 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 (Ana Escrogima): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers located throughout the U.S. and provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • 298 exchange visitors from overseas visited New Jersey and 237 New Jersey residents travelled overseas as part of Department of State ECA-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • Rutgers University received a $250,000 award from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative for enhancing talent development capacity 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. This is funded by the Brazilian government and private sector that sends 101,000 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 hosted 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 206 countries in attendance who completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Refugee Arrivals: 443. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations, which have 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 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: 496,260 (CA) More»

    • 279 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities (CA) More»

    • 183 New Jersey families participated in overseas adoptions 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»

    • 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 Office) More»

    • 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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