Opportunity New Jersey

OpportunityNJ (ONJ) is a non-partisan, grassroots coalition comprised of New Jersey interests representing employers, employees, business, trade groups, community organizations and other concerned citizens in the State. With no direct ties to political parties or government, ONJ serves as an independent voice to provide data based education about New Jersey policy actions – and to support policies that encourage job growth, affordability and prosperity in New Jersey.

Together – outside of the political structure – we will create a strategic direction that addresses four immediate critical areas affecting affordability in New Jersey: tax reform, infrastructure investment, workforce development/jobs, and regulation reform.

Make New Jersey Affordable for all residents to live and work:

  • Reduce our overall tax burden, cut through the red tape of government, and eliminate antiquated regulations that are a burden and undue cost to citizens and businesses.
  • Advance the development and retention of a talented workforce where people are encouraged to stay due to the opportunities and affordability that a less burdensome environment provides.
  • Guide investment of government resources towards areas that reinforce a positive work and living environment, such as improving aging infrastructure through dedicated and predictable funding sources.

Bring New Jersey Together Toward a “Common Ground” Goal:

  • Cultivate a grassroots network of diverse community, business, trade and citizen interests.
  • Facilitate discussion and stimulate out of the box thinking about the issues impacting affordability in New Jersey.
  • Develop collaborative solutions-based platforms, outside of the political arena and influences.

New Jersey’s GPS to Success:

  • Recreate the process through which public policy solutions are developed and rebuild trust in that process through collective involvement and a solutions-based approach.
  • Engage interested participants in the development of solutions-based platforms to achieve affordability and prosperity in New Jersey.
  • Create Policy Committees to focus on specific issues of common concern, and work together to create recommended solutions to reach common objectives.
  • Collect and analyze available data and research already conducted by New Jersey business organizations, community interests, think tanks, not-for-profits and even state and local agencies.
  • Include evidence based data in all policy recommendations to educate decision makers on the impact of such policy on “affordability.”
  • Conduct economic impact testing to all policy recommendations to ensure outcomes that drive “affordability.”

With no direct ties to political parties or government, ONJ serves as an independent voice to provide data based education about New Jersey policy actions – and to support policies that encourage job growth, affordability and prosperity in New Jersey.

Affordability

  • ONJ seeks to make New Jersey a more affordable state in which to live and work by reducing our overall tax burden, cutting through the red tape of government, infrastructure improvement and eliminating antiquated regulations that are a burden and undue cost to citizens and business.
  • This includes developing and maintaining a talented workforce where people are encouraged to stay due to the opportunities and affordability that a less burdensome environment provides.
  • Working together, this collective effort seeks to guide investment of government resources towards areas that reinforce a positive work and living environment, such as improving our aging infrastructure through dedicated and predictable funding sources.
  • ONJ appreciates past initiatives to encourage shared services between county and local governments. We encourage additional cost-savings efforts on the local and county levels of government.

Tax Reform

  • ONJ is committed to promoting a competitive tax structure to enhance New Jersey’s reputation as a favorable destination for start-ups and relocating businesses.
  • ONJ favors the modernization and reform of the estate and inheritance taxes.

Regulation Reform

  • ONJ believes the state’s regulatory policies should be regularly reviewed and modernized for 21st century demands.
  • The Red Tape Review Commission was implemented to eliminate onerous and redundant regulations. ONJ believes a more in-depth review process is needed to allow businesses to operate more efficiently and effectively in the state.

Fair Benefits for Hardworking New Jersey Families

  • New Jersey’s employers, governments, and community organizations are compassionate and understanding of everyday needs of their workforces. That is why paid days off and employee benefits should be left as an agreement between the employer and the employee in any industry or economic sector.
  • Mandates and regulatory requirements complicate strategies developed by our state’s businesses, community organizations, and government entities. The pile-on effect of these mandates and requirements may force entities throughout the state to discontinue or suspend plans for expansion and investment.
  • According to data aggregated by New Jersey’s leading business trade organizations, 70 percent of New Jersey’s employers provide paid days off to their employees.