welcome to our historic 40th anniversary issue. My own history with
New Jersey Monthly goes back to fall
1987. At the time, I was working as an
analyst in Washington, D.C., for the
U.S. International Trade Commission.
My father, Norman B. Tomlinson Jr.,
the president, publisher and editor in
chief of New Jersey Monthly, thought
the time was right for me to come
home to Morristown and learn the
I shadowed Mr. T (as he was known
around the office) for several months
before he felt I had learned enough to
be named publisher. Was I ready? No!
But I had the enthusiasm of youth, and
I quickly found I enjoyed the business.
Previously, I had been writing briefing papers and speeches for congressmen. Now I was helping create a glossy
magazine. It seemed quite glamorous.
Of course, I hadn’t lived in New
Jersey since going away to college. So
it was a humbling experience when I
got back here and realized how much
there was to learn. I set off on voyages
of discovery, educating myself about
the geography of the state and its many
attractions. I also soaked up all I could
about Jersey politics, the economy
and the issues we faced. The staff was
a great help. We had some wonderful and creative people who were very
generous when it came to advancing
my knowledge of New Jersey.
My job has afforded me the privilege of meeting movers and shakers in
all fields: arts advocates; philanthropists; artists and performers; leaders
in business, health and education; and
thoughtful political leaders (yes, there
are some). It’s also been a pleasure getting to know so many of our readers—
and hearing their ideas about how to
keep improving the publication.
As New Jersey Monthly celebrates
its 40th, I consider myself lucky to be
at this point in my career and still be
learning and evolving. Much like New
Jersey Monthly itself.
we only dream
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