The NJ Data Book Has a New Name!

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We proudly announce a change in the name of the online Rutgers New Jersey Data Book: “The Dr. Ernest C. Reock, Jr. New Jersey Data Book” honors the creator and founder of the NJ Legislative District Data Book. Dr. Reock passed in 2017, and his life as a researcher and public servant provided the framework for the free online source of wide-ranging data and information meant to educate and engage the citizens of New Jersey.


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Elected Officials


This program provides governing body members with an overview of municipal government and the multitude of challenges affecting its efficient, timely and ethical operations.

The six-hour seminar covers essential components of the administration of municipal government. It familiarizes students with the breadth and depth of governing body responsibilities. It also provides basic information about the legislative, regulatory, financial, legal, and ethical environments in which municipal governments exist. Most importantly, it imparts a sense of when to question the administrative processes that involve the participation of the governing body.

Topics include: Forms of Municipal Government, Policy Making & Implementation, Organization and Administrative Codes, Management Challenges, Budgeting, Financial Controls, Taxation, Staff Relationships, Labor Relations, Contract Negotiations, Planning & Zoning, Open Public Meetings Act, and Open Public Records Act.

Instructed by experienced professionals, the session brings real-life applications and insights to better understand the nuances of public service in government.

This program has been specifically designed to address the needs and interests of elected officials serving in their respective communities.

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732-932-3640, ext. 632, fax: 732-932-3586
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Property Tax Determinants: New Research

In his paper, "Determinants of Property Tax Burden in New Jersey - 2008," Dr. Ernest C. Reock, Jr. offers a methodology for identifying the causes of the relative tax burden in cities and towns - causes that often reach beyond municipal and school expenditures to county and state levels of taxation and funding. He specifically looks at 2008 in comparison to 2004 to identify statewide changes, such as declining property values, which had a profound impact on property tax burdens across New Jersey.

Download the research in PDF format here.

Municipal Charter Studies

The Center for Government Services provides assistance to municipal charter study commissions, municipal officials, and citizen groups considering a change in their form of municipal government. Staff members of the Center will respond to telephone or e-mail inquiries and, within the limits of available time, will meet with local officials and organizations. For further information, call 732-932-3640, extensions 632 or 633. Documents available from the Center may be accessed below.

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Courses are scheduled during the fall, spring and summer semesters throughout the state. Announcements containing specific course information are available each semester and may be found on the Center’s website.


A student may enroll in a CGS course in several different ways. Mail-in registrations, faxed registrations, in-person registrations at the CGS offices, and on-line registrations (with credit card or e-check only) are accepted prior to the start of the course. Before a student is officially enrolled in a course, payment must be authorized or secured, and the student must meet all prerequisites associated with the course. A student who has a delinquent account with CGS will not be permitted to enroll in any additional CGS courses until the delinquency is resolved. Students may register online with a credit card or e-check. Click on the “Register Now” button in the left column.

To ensure that course materials are available the first session of your course, it is strongly recommended you register at least one week prior to the course start date. 

In-person registrations at the course location on the night of the first class are considered “walk-ins.” Walk-ins are accepted but not encouraged and will be assessed a $15 late registration fee. In addition, walk-in students must complete an “Agreement-to-Pay Form” and will be contacted by CGS immediately after the first class. Walk-ins must make full payment of all fees or provide a valid purchase order within five business days of the first class. Walk-ins already on financial hold will not be permitted to complete their registration unless the delinquency is resolved.

Course Fees and Payment

Payment for a student’s participation in a course can be obtained by using any of the following three methods:
  1. Credit card payment (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express) AVAILABLE ONLY THROUGH ON-LINE REGISTRATION
  2. Check or money order payment by mail or in person
  3. Authorized voucher or purchase order
Actual course fees vary per course as courses have different hours of instructional time and the cost of study materials are dissimilar. Upon receipt of a completed registration form and payment, a class space is reserved for the student. Confirmation letters regarding registration will not be sent.


If financing is needed, apply for the Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan as soon as possible by clicking on the “Apply Now to Sallie Mae” button in the left column or by clicking on the "Rutgers Credit Union" button.


Veterans Administration Approved Classroom Programs

The following programs have been approved by the State Approving Agency and Veterans Administration:

  • Certified Public Works Manager
  • NJ Education Facility Management
  • School Transportation Supervisors
  • Municipal Clerk Program
  • Tax Collection Program

Contact Marge Ramsey at 732-932-6998 x613 for additional information.


Late Fees

Students are required to register for classes before the date of the first class session. Any student who attempts to register on (or after) the day of the first class will be considered a late registrant and will be assessed a $15 late fee for the processing of the registration.

Returned Check Fee Policy

There is a $25 fee for all checks that are returned to CGS. Failure to pay the fee will prevent future course registrations and the withholding of the course certificate.


All requests to change registration status, either by withdrawal or transfer must be submitted in writing at least 2 business days before the course start date and will incur a $25 processing fee. Withdrawals will be refunded, minus the $25 fee. Failure to notify CGS within the time frame will result in forfeiture of all fees.

Course Cancellation Policy

The Center reserves the right to cancel any course or seminar. CGS will notify all students enrolled in a course that has been canceled and the information will be posted on the CGS website. Students will be given the choice of receiving a full refund for the course canceled by CGS or exercising the option to enroll in the same or another course in this or the following semester. In the event there is a difference in course fees between the course that was cancelled and the alternate course, an adjustment will be made. A student may not select an alternative course that has a prerequisite if the prerequisite has not been met.

Education Credit

Selected courses in the CGS program qualify for continuing education credit toward renewal of certain professional licenses and academic credit. Program pages on the CGS website list the specific courses where continuing education credit is available.

CPE Continuing Education Credit

Selected courses in the CGS program are approved by the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy for CPE credit under Rutgers University sponsor #703.


Certificates are mailed to students after the successful completion of the course, which is defined as 80% attendance of the course hours, a passing grade (if an examination is required) and full payment of all fees. A permanent record of courses taken is maintained by Rutgers. Certificates will not be issued to students if any fees are outstanding or delinquent.

Special Needs Students

Students with special needs are encouraged to contact CGS so that appropriate accommodations may be made.