New Jersey Institute

Institute on New Jersey Leadership & Politics

Fast Facts


The program runs from August 7th - 10th.


The program is located at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.


Tuition for the program is $595 and includes all rooming and on-campus meals.

Past Speakers

Past speakers at the New Jersey Institute include:

Hon. Thomas H. Kean – 48th Governor of NJ
Hon. James Florio – 49th Governor of NJ
Hon. Christine Todd Whitman – 50th Governor of NJ
Hon. James McGreevy – 51st Governor of NJ
Hon. Paul J. Fishman – U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey
Hon. Stephen Sweeney – President of the New Jersey Senate
Hon. Thomas H. Kean, Jr. – Republican Leader of the New Jersey Senate
Hon. Charles McKenna – Chief Counsel to the Governor
Hon. Jennifer A. McQuaid – Secretary of the NJ Senate
Hon. Edward Dickson – Director of the NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness
Hon. Matthew Boxer – Comptroller of the State of New Jersey


The New Jersey Institute is an exciting exploration of issues surrounding Leadership and Politics in New Jersey. It begins with an orientation on the issues and personalities that dominate the political landscape in the Garden State. During the Institute, you will have an opportunity to meet and question the powerful leaders from politics, government, business and the media who make things happen in New Jersey.
Topics of discussion and debate will center around Politics and Leadership in the Garden State. Each evening, the Institute staff will lead a simulation or discussion based on an issue of importance to New Jersey, as well as conduct small group discussions on the speakers and topics of the day. These sessions help draw educational lessons from the day’s events and prepare students for the next day’s speakers. You will also probe the opinions of your peers in lively discussions and debates on current issues in the news.
While the Institute is not heavily academic, most of your days and evenings are filled with educational activities. Living and learning with other high school students from throughout the Mid-Atlantic and New Jersey in particular, you are certain to make many friends and hear a variety of political perspectives.

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