NJ Community Leaders Share Their New Year Resolutions

Here's what local luminaries are determined to do for the Garden State in 2022.

NJ community leader headshots
Top row, left to right: Christopher Porrino (Courtesy of Lowenstein Sandler); Chris Cannon (Courtesy of Thomas A. Kelly); Bridget Cutler (Courtesy of Bridget Cutler); Dan Richer (Photo by James Worrell); Ryan P. Haygood (Courtesy of NJ Institute for Social Justice). Bottom row, left to right: John McEwen (Courtesy of Lianne Schoenwiesner); Lauren LeBeaux Craig (Courtesy of Ryan Arnez Monroe); Juliet Machie (Courtesy of Juliet Machie); George E. Norcross III (Courtesy of Cooper University Health Care)

“I resolve to help maintain a sense of urgency when it comes fixing the relationship between police and the communities they serve. Bringing police officers and youth together is and will remain the urgent and top priority of the Newark Police Foundation in 2022.”
Christopher Porrino, 60th Attorney General of New Jersey, Lowenstein Sandler Litigation Department Chair and Chair of the Newark Police Foundation

“I would want to jump-start the Morristown Cultural District, because we’ve been off the track for two years now because of Covid. Usually we do two to three fundraisers a year. We’ve raised money for underprivileged kids to use the town pool and learn to swim. And I would like to engage politicians on both sides to have substantive discussions about their differences, because it will be potentially disastrous for our country in the next 15 years if we don’t start talking to each other.”
Chris Cannon, owner of Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen in Morristown

“I resolve to fight harder than ever to ensure that no baby in New Jersey goes without a clean diaper, a warm winter coat or a safe place to sleep.”
Bridget Cutler, founder of Moms Helping Moms Foundation

“Farmland is in New Jersey, so I want to support local agriculture, use their products and do collaborative dinners….Local farms keep our land beautiful, preserve open space, and keep our food fresher and more delicious.”
Dan Richer, chef/owner of Razza in Jersey City

“I will continue my work to make Black lives really matter in our state. That means repairing the cracks of structural racism that weaken our very foundation and erupt into earthquakes in times of crisis, like over the last couple of years.”
Ryan P. Haygood, president and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

“My New Year’s resolution for New Jersey’s theater and arts community is to prioritize the safe return of audiences to enjoy the engaging and educational programming our field has to offer.”
John McEwen, executive director of the New Jersey Theater Alliance

“I resolve to hold a collective vision of healing for our local communities, the entire state of New Jersey and the world. We have lived through so much trauma and drama in recent years, and it’s time to take a collective breath and lift our faces to a bright new future. For me, yoga is a huge key to healing our bodies and minds, so I resolve to offer donation-based yoga classes in my local community, Newark, in service to this goal.”
Lauren LeBeaux Craig, yoga teacher and Director of Marketing & Artistic Initiatives at Newark Arts

“My vision, hope and aspiration in 2022 is to equip New Jersey’s libraries to bridge existing and expanding inequalities to access. A library is the one resource that inspires, equips, transforms and invests in the individuals and communities they serve. With funding, New Jersey’s libraries are ready and willing to do more to mitigate existing gaps in the access to digital information and opportunities.”
Juliet Machie, executive director of the New Jersey Library Association

“Camden has made a remarkable transformation over the last decade, but there remains more to do. I resolve to work with business, government, religious and community leaders to ensure that, as we emerge from Covid, we are building a stronger, more inclusive and equitable economy and community for the benefit of everyone who lives or works in the city.”
George E. Norcross III, executive chairman of Conner Strong & Buckelew and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Cooper Health System, Cooper University Hospital and MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

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