Together North Jersey (TNJ) was created in 2011 to help develop a regional plan for North Jersey. Funded by a nearly $10 million federal grant and leveraged funds from members, TNJ brought together a coalition of nearly 100 diverse partners—counties, municipalities, educational institutions, nonprofits, businesses and other groups—to develop the first comprehensive plan for sustainable development for the 13 northern New Jersey counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.
The goal of the plan is to create a more competitive, efficient, livable and resilient North Jersey region. The Plan is organized around these four themes (Competitive, Efficient, Livable, and Resilient) and is divided into fifteen “Focus Areas” – each Focus Area containing a set of strategies to achieve a particular goal for the region. The plan is comprehensive, including a broad range of topics such as housing, economic development, education, land use, energy, water, arts, stewardship and transportation.