What Will a Christie Administration Mean for Jersey City Nonprofits?

Writing in the magazine Nonprofit Quarterly, Rick Cohen takes a look at what Chris Christie’s victory means for urban nonprofits. Noting that Christie ran as “the candidate of the suburbs,” he asks the question: “Should nonprofits serving the residents of Trenton, Camden, Newark, and Jersey City be concerned?”

His answer? “[It] depends on where you sit on the political spectrum.”

Cohen rightly notes that nonprofit charter schools will likely benefit from Christie’s tenure, while nonprofits working on affordable housing issues need to “get ready,” since the governor-elect has pledged to “gut” the affordable housing requirements codified in the Fair Housing Act.

More broadly, Cohen points out that Christie “is all but certain to slash important budget lines” and that his governing philosophy when it comes to nonprofits will likely be to facilitate more of a volunteer-based and charity-supported nonprofit sector, rather than funding social service nonprofits via the state budget (again, it seems like Cohen is right on target with this point).

Jon Whiten

co-founded the Jersey City Independent. He is currently the Deputy Director of New Jersey Policy Perspective.