For the first time in 12 years, New Jersey is choosing a governor without an incumbent in the race. It’s a critical moment for the future of the state, and it comes at a time when conversations across the political divide are becoming increasingly difficult. 

That's why we launched Voting Block, a New Jersey collaborative reporting effort. The project involves several major news organizations in the state who will explore the gubernatorial election -- and political divisions -- through the eyes of one neighborhood. Each news outlet will follow a group of neighbors throughout the summer and fall as the race develops, holding events and online discussion groups. 

Current reporting partners include WNYCWHYYWBGONJ SpotlightThe Record of the USA Today Network and New America Media, along with more than two dozen local and hyperlocal partners from across New Jersey. Editorial components of the project are being coordinated by the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University, and audience engagement is being coordinated by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.

Read the People's Agenda we sent to Gov.-elect Phil Murphy

One of the important things we wanted to do at the end of Voting Block was compile what we heard from New Jersey residents about their top priorities for the new governor, and send those priorities directly to the new governor.

We’re calling this effort The People’s Agenda.

This week, we sent the People’s Agenda to Murphy’s administration. You can click here to read the letter and the agenda. Our plan is to follow up in the spring to see what kind of progress has been made on these important issues.

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