New Jersey

New Jersey black businesses rose at a slightly above national average rate of 66.4 percent during the five years from 2002 to 2007, according to preliminary estimates from the Survey of Business Owners. The number reached 60,366 in 2007, up from 36,280 in 2002. Receipts rose 36 percent to $4.3 billion in 2007 from $3.2 billion in 2002.
For more details, visit the National Black Business Month reference or consult Year of Jubilee: State of Black Business , tenth edition.

Our newest study, Silicon Ceiling 13, reports:


One in 50 black New Jersey workers were in computer, engineering or science fields with just over

one percent in computer occupations.

There were 85,379 black college and graduate students in New Jersey in 2006, fewer than 500 of

whom were graduate students in science or engineering.

The state’s black legislators are:

Assemblymember Gilbert L. Wilson
Assemblymember Herb Conaway Jr.
Sen. Shirley K. Turner
Assemblymember Bonnie Watson Coleman
Assemblymember Jerry Green – Speaker Pro Tempore
Sen. Ronald L. Rice
Assemblymember Cleopatra G. Tucker
Assemblymember L. Grace Spencer – Deputy Speaker
Sen. Sandra B. Cunningham – Majority Whip
Assemblymember Charles Mainor
Sen. Nia H. Gill, Esq. President Pro Tempore
Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver
Assemblymember Elease Evans
Assemblymember Gordon Johnson