“Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil”

Thomas Paine,
Common Sense

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2. a. All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for the protection, security, and benefit of the people, and they have the right at all times to alter or reform the same, whenever the public good may require it.

Common Sense Institute of NJ


The Institute’s mission is to explore and advance public policy alternatives that foster individual liberty, personal responsibility and economic opportunity for all New Jersey residents.

Mission Fulfillment

Common Sense Institute (CSI) will fulfill its mission through the publication of commentaries and reports; organizing and participating in public forums; and media and legislative outreach.

CSI will contribute to contemporary debate surrounding timely issues, and lead the debate that will come in the near future.

CSI will leverage its resources by being an active participant in the established network of state-based free market think tanks.

CSI will not engage in political activity. The Institute will not formally endorse specific candidates or legislation.

Organizational Focus

Common Sense Institute (CSI) will initially focus on government transparency and accountability along with the following sub-categories:

  • Fiscal Reform
  • Taxation
  • Education
  • Land Use
  • Regulation
  • Environment
  • Health and Welfare
  • Economic Development


Voluntary contributions from individuals, businesses and foundations will support CSI. The Institute is incorporated as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit.  Contributions are tax-deductible.

CSI will not solicit and will not accept government funding.

Governing Structure

A three member Board of Directors serves as the initial organizational steward.  A President and Executive Director will lead the Institute on a day-to-day basis.

A Board of Scholars will write and peer review publications. The Scholars will help establish and preserve the Institute’s reputation for independence, objectivity and intellectual integrity.