Gov. Murphy and the New Jersey-Israel Commission Announce Expansion of Economic Relations

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey–Israel Commission on Thursday announced strong and sustained levels of economic growth between New Jersey and the State of Israel between 2020 and 2021.

Despite a turbulent period caused by the global pandemic, significant increases in bilateral trade and investment are reflected in newly released data from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA). The figures show that New Jersey’s relationship with Israel is not only creating economic opportunity, but fortifying New Jersey’s innovation economy and positioning the state as a national leader in attracting investment from Israel.

“I am excited to see the overwhelmingly positive results of our efforts to deepen our economic relationship with Israel, its business leaders, and its people,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “Since my first trip to Israel as Governor in 2018, trade has increased significantly, with Israeli businesses opening up shop in New Jersey, universities forging new partnerships, and exports and imports quickly increasing. This reflects the great work of the New Jersey-Israel Commission, the NJEDA, Choose NJ, and many other partners in our vision to grow our state’s innovation economy.”

“Israel is proud of its relationship with the great state of New Jersey, showing meaningful collaborations pay off for all sides, with a focus on bettering the lives of everyday people,” said Ambassador Asaf Zamir, Consul General of Israel in New York. “The increase in economic relations between Israel and New Jersey is not only natural, but it shows why people-to-people relations needs to be a priority.”

  • New Jersey’s strength as a global logistics hub, strategic location, highly educated workforce, and advanced economy are helping to drive this key relationship between two international sources of innovation. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Division and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Markets shows several positive and key developments from 2020 to 2021:
  • New Jersey-Israel total trade volume from 2020 to 2021 increased substantially by 16.2%, from $1.33B to $1.55B
  • New Jersey exports to Israel saw significant growth by 41%, from $327M to $461M
    Israeli imports to New Jersey increased by 8%, from approximately $1.01B to $1.09B
    Exports from New Jersey to Israel grew at 10% more on average than to other countries
    New Jersey maintained its second place rank of attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) from Israel in the Northeast
  • Israel’s export rank from New Jersey moved from 24th to 22nd place

2021 reinforced New Jersey-Israel economic ties with a year-to-year increase in both trade and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). As both metrics rebound from the economic shock of the pandemic, it is clear that the bilateral relationship between New Jersey and Israel is as steady as ever.

Additionally, the new economic statistics point to a trend of growth with Israel that has emerged since the beginning of the Murphy Administration in 2018 through 2021:

  • FDI from Israel multiplied four times during this period, worth an estimated $347.1M, leading to the creation of 1,120 jobs, including through the entry of new Israeli companies into the state
  • Overall trade is up approximately $311M
  • Since the beginning of FDI Markets records being kept in 2003, 78% of all recorded Israeli FDI and 69% of all Israeli FDI-related job creation has taken place during the Murphy Administration
  • Increased exports to Israel from New Jersey ports were led by consumer products, medical supplies, natural materials, and organic chemicals. Increased imports from Israel included energy supplies, natural materials, and minerals.

The increases in overall trade along with sustained investment continue to demonstrate the strength of New Jersey-Israel economic relations and sustained growth over the past four years alongside global economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. Israeli investments into New Jersey also showcases the Garden State as a focal point for innovative Israeli products and companies entering the U.S.

“These new and exciting figures reaffirm the strong impact that Israel is having on our state economically,” said Karin Elkis, Co-Chair of the New Jersey-Israel Commission. “I commend Governor Murphy, Secretary Way, and this administration’s leadership in ensuring that our relationship with Israel continues to grow and create enormous benefits.”
“Today’s report is an outstanding achievement for our state and reflects the importance of the New Jersey-Israel business and trade relationship,” said Mark S. Levenson, Co-Chair of the New Jersey-Israel Commission. “As our economic ties expand together and connect hubs of innovation, the people of both New Jersey and Israel will continue to reap major benefits.”

“Our strong partnership with Israel is helping create huge opportunities for New Jersey including investment and job creation in key industries,” said Andrew H. Gross, Executive Director of the New Jersey-Israel Commission. “While these numbers are substantial, this Commission looks forward to working with our partners as we strive even further to expand bilateral economic relations and promote the Garden State in Israel.”

“New Jersey’s partnership with Israel capitalizes on the innovative and economic synergies of two global giants in innovation,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “The numbers announced today quantify what Governor Murphy has long recognized – our collaboration with Israel has vast potential to drive growth and foster lucrative career and investment opportunities for New Jerseyans.”

“Increased trade and investment flows are a testament to the enduring strength of the New Jersey-Israel relationship,” said Wesley Mathews, President & CEO of Choose New Jersey.

“Choose New Jersey led a fourth consecutive mission to Israel in 2021 to strengthen economic ties and build on Governor Murphy’s visit in 2018. Our visits have paved the way for several Israeli businesses to open or expand their footprint here, for New Jersey companies and universities to collaborate with Israeli counterparts, and we look forward to exploring additional opportunities for shared growth and innovation.”

“The People of New Jersey provide the warmth and spirit of camaraderie that make Israelis feel at home, and we are so gratified to see how the latest economic data confirms just how strong the bond between our two states really is,’ said Anat Katz, Israel Economic Minister to North America. “Israelis across the political spectrum are committed to supporting this inspiring relationship going forward, and we cannot wait to see how this friendship continues to flourish in the years to come.”

As the world continues to face uncertainty, the New Jersey-Israel Commission says it remains committed to promoting our state’s key relationship with Israel to foster innovation, investment, jobs, and business opportunities across critical industries.

In 2019, Governor Phil Murphy and Secretary of State Way announced a renewal of the New Jersey-Israel Commission which supports trade; builds strategic partnerships in areas like cyber security, aerospace, food innovation, and life sciences; encourages tourism; facilities academic partnerships; and more.

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