Resources and Publications

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In addition to our Virtual Classroom, free publications, online content, and outreach programs reinforce tour themes. See what more there is to know!


A full range of free publications serves tourists, educators, and those interested in legislative activity. Groups can pre-order supplies, including:

How a Bill Becomes a Law in New Jersey

Students in grades 4 to 8 will enjoy this lively and simplified discussion of New Jersey’s legislative process. The organization of NJ’s government, qualifications for legislative service, legislative districts, and citizen involvement also are addressed.

View A Student’s Guide to the Legislative Process (PDF)

Vote Activity Plans

The State House Tour Office provides activity plans to help students understand the citizen’s role in the election process. While this material was designed primarily for students in grades 4 to 6, it may have a broader appeal. The following packets include discussion points and activities meant to be explored along with public campaign activity.

School Visits

New Jersey legislators have actively participated in outreach programs, providing personal insights into the value of public service and the lawmaking process during school visits. They can address questions such as:

  • What does it mean to be a legislator?
  • What is a typical day like?
  • How did they get involved in public service and why?
  • What issues are they most concerned about and what action is being taken?
  • What efforts are they most proud of?
  • What advice do they give to future legislators?

To schedule a visit, teachers need to reach out to their local Senators and/or Assembly Members. You can find contact information on the New Jersey Legislature website.