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The New Jersey Urban Mayors Association (NJUMA) was created as an outgrowth of the policy work of the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy of Thomas Edison State University. The Institute coordinates activities of the NJUMA and provides policy and legislative analysis.

Established in 1991, the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association (NJUMA) is dedicated to working with state and federal lawmakers and officials to develop appropriate and effective public policy measures that benefit the state’s urban centers and to help lawmakers understand how public policy affects New Jersey’s cities and municipalities.

NJUMA is an organization comprised of 32 New Jersey urban municipalities. NJUMA serves its members through quarterly meetings and annual conferences which keep them informed on issues affecting their ability to provide adequate services to their constituents.

NJUMA also assists its members in interpreting legislation and state policy and has historically worked with the Governor’s office to assist in defining an urban policy agenda. NJUMA uses its 7-Point Plan for Strengthening Cities, Families and Communities as a guide for addressing the critical issues of its member cities. This Plan is designed to aggressively address the areas of crime and public safety; education and positive youth development; environment and public health; family and community welfare; housing and economic development; tax reform and intergovernmental relations, and unfunded mandates.

NJUMA is a proactive organization that pursues opportunities from government and the private sector to advance the interest of its members. We are currently exploring opportunities which will help attract businesses that will strengthen our communities and ultimately the state.

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» Ishiya Hayes

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