Building One New Jersey 2014 Year-End Celebration and Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Building One New Jersey's annual awards ceremony to celebrate our progress and honor our partners, allies, and outstanding leaders in promoting an inclusive, stable, and economically prosperous New Jersey.

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For a printable version of the registration form, click here.

Building Leaders Together - Leadership Training Institute for Inclusive Communities

Friday, January 23, 2015 - Saturday, February 28, 2015

The training will take place during four weekends in January and February 2015.

• The first session will begin at 7 PM on Friday, January 23 with an overnight stay and continue through Saturday at 9 PM, January 24

• And then the next two Saturdays: January 31 and February 7

• With the final session on February 28

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Leaders From Around NJ Attend BONJ's 2013 Leadership Assembly!

Bishop Gandy

On January 27, 2013 BONJ welcomed its new president, Bishop John Gandy, of Abundant Life Worship Center Church in Egg Harbor City. He commented in his opening remarks on why he is here: "Let me answer the question that might be on the minds of some: Bishop Gandy, why would you pause and stop preaching the gospel and get into something that is so political? I am doing this is because I feel like it is my responsibility. In fact I feel like it is the responsibility of every leader of people of faith. When things in a culture or in a community... occur that intersect with scripture we have to talk about it...."

LDC group working

Nearly 100 BONJ leaders heard Bishop Gandy and several other distinguished speakers, including a panel of local elected officials from Edison, Franklin Township, Lawrence, Teaneck, and Highland Park discuss the state of their towns (see photos here). Afterwards, attendees broke into working groups, as shown above, to plan leadership events for the spring to continue our successful program to promote diverse, inclusive and economically vibrant communities.

The featured and inspiring speaker was Councilman Rev. Marlon Millner from Norristown, PA and a leader of Building One PA (B1PA). He spoke about strategies B1PA used to secure a commitment of $500,000 by HUD for a demonstration project in southeast Pennsylvania to reform practices within the Housing Choice Voucher program that reinforce the concentration of poverty and limit opportunities for families.

For more pictures from the event, click here.

Nearly 1,000 Attend 2012 Building One New Jersey Statewide Public Meeting

Photo of Rev. Buffalo, Sen. Menendez

Nearly 1,000 religious leaders, mayors, local elected officials, labor, business, and other community leaders from across the state participated in Building One New Jersey’s Statewide Public Meeting on September 30, 2012 (Building One New Jersey was formerly known as New Jersey Regional Coalition). We pressed state and national policy makers to act on bipartisan solutions to urgent problems impacting our communities including high property taxes, inadequate education funding, lack of jobs, underfunded infrastructure investment, and an exorbitant and discriminatory criminal justice system. Participants included U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Congressman Frank Pallone, Senator Barbara Buono, Senator Ron Rice, Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan, Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, Assemblyman Joe Cryan, Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula, and Kevin Drennan (Chief of Staff for Senate President Sweeney). Pictured above: Building One New Jersey's President, Rev. R. Lenton Buffalo, Jr., with U.S. Senator Robert Menendez at the September 30 event.

Leaders From Around NJ Attend State Leadership Assembly

One hundred leaders from Bergen to Atlantic Counties attended the Building One New Jersey (BONJ) State Leadership Assembly on February 26, 2012 in East Windsor. BONJ leaders including twenty mayors and elected officials began planning six spring policy briefings around the state to continue developing and advancing a policy agenda to promote diverse, inclusive and economically vibrant communities. Attendees heard thought-provoking presentations by authors and policy experts David Rusk and Professor David Troutt of the Rutgers University School of Law in Newark.

Click here for an article about the event in the Montclair Times by Mayor Jerry Fried.

Click here for an article about Mayor Victor DeLuca representing BONJ at a meeting at the White House on March 13, 2012 to advance our policy agenda.


Menendez meeting. Photo by Jewel Scott Jones.Leaders of Building One NJ including Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, Mayor Jerry Fried of Montclair, Council President Sal Anderton of West Orange, Councilman Victor Cirilo of West Orange, and Roselle School Board Member Archange Antoine (pictured above) met with US Senator Robert Menendez at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in West Orange on November 4, 2011, to present details of BONJ's federal policy priorities. (Photo by Jewel Scott Jones).

BONJ Leaders Participate in White House Forum on Older Suburbs, Inclusion, Sustainability and Economic Growth

BOAA delegation of twenty five BONJ leaders participated in the historic White House Forum on First Suburbs, Inclusion, Sustainability and Economic Growth on Monday, July 18, 2011.

This was a nationwide event -- 170 local elected officials, business, labor and civic leaders from 22 metropolitan regions from across the United States crowded into the White House South Court Auditorium to discuss the strengths and assets as well as the fiscal, social and environmental issues facing America’s first suburbs.

They were joined by some of the Obama Administration’s most important and influential officials including Counselor to President Obama Pete Rouse and Secretary of US DOT Ray LaHood, some of the nation's most respected policy experts and an exceptional group of inspired local leaders who served as our panel experts. BONJ’s New Jersey delegation included: Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, Mayor David DelVecchio of Lambertville, Mayor John Bencivengo of Hamilton in Mercer County, Mayor Joseph Florio of Union Township, Mayor Paul Medany of Deptford, Mayor Gail Cook of Beverly, Mayor Victor De Luca of Maplewood, Mayor Albert Kelly of Bridgeton, Deputy Mayor Jacqueline Jennings of Willingboro, Councilwoman Diane Stinney of Pemberton, Councilwoman Lizette Parker of Teaneck, Councilman Nicholas Lewis of Montclair, Member of Board of Education Archange Antoine of Roselle, Member of Board of Education of Hamilton Township Kim Melton of Atlantic County, Former NJ Commissioner of Banking and Insurance Neil Jasey, Dr. Roland Anglin of Rutgers University, Dr. David Trout of Rutgers University, Rev. R. Lenton Buffalo, Jr. of Union Baptist Church in Elizabeth, Marty Johnson of Isles, Rev. Darrell L. Armstrong of Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton, and Kiki Jamieson of the Fund for New Jersey.

You can also read a number of local stories about the event. Here is a selection:

For full details about the event, visit the Building One America website at

Over 200 Attend, $60,000 Raised at BONJ Tenth Anniversary Banquet

On November 14, 2013 BONJ held its Tenth Anniversary Banquet at the Masonic Temple in Trenton.

2013 BONJ Banquet honorees

Left: BONJ banquet honorees included Rev. John Scotland of Community Presbyterian Church in Brigantine, Asm. Troy Singleton, Marcia Marley of Succeed2gether, and President of the West Orange Board of Education Sandra Mordecai. Jim Simpson, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, represented Governor Chris Christie at the banquet, and pledged on behalf of the Christie Administration to work with BONJ to increase infrastructure investment where it's needed most.
BONJ banquet
musician, BONJ banquet

Bottom photos: Crowd shot of banquet attendees, and jazz great Lonnie Youngblood performing during the cocktail hour.

Twenty NJ leaders attend summer Building One America weeklong leadership training

Twenty BONJ leaders attended the Building One America ( weeklong leadership training from August 14-19, 2011 in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Attendees from NJ, MD, OH, NY and PA included elected officials such as councilpersons and members of boards of education, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim clergy and lay leaders, as well as a refugee from Darfur, Sudan who was imprisoned for a year for human rights work. BONJ attendees were from Atlantic, Camden, Gloucester, Mercer and Union Counties. For information on upcoming weeklong leadership trainings in 2012, including scholarships, please email

BONJ Annual State Leadership Assembly

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Photo of Rev Buffalo Photo of Paul trainingThe BONJ Statewide Leadership Assembly took place on Sunday, January 30, from 3 to 6 p.m., hosted by Shiloh Baptist Church, Trenton. More than 80 leaders from across New Jersey gathered together for 2011 planning and leadership training.

Pictures: President Buffalo (L) and Paul Scully conducting leadership training (R).

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