State Convention

 National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey 42nd ANNUAL STATE CONVENTION

November 1st through 4th, 2018
Theme: Live The Life You Want; Blind With Vision
Hosts: State Board and the Sports & Recreation Division of NFBNJ

The 42nd Annual State Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey will be held at the:
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel
515 US Highway 1 South
Iselin, New Jersey 08830
Access Link accessible
Cross street: Gill Lane

For those arriving via Access Link, please reserve your trip with the hotel located in Woodbridge. Access Link won’t be able to find the hotel if you use Iselin.

If traveling via train, the station nearest the hotel is the Metro Park Station. The hotel provides a shuttle from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm.

The address to use for those driving is 4 Gill Lane. It is a bank that is across the street from the hotel.

Mark your calendars and make every effort to attend the 42nd annual state convention of the NFBNJ. Get Involved. Make a Difference!

Room Reservations

The Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel is now accepting room reservations for the state convention. To make your reservation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, please dial 732-634-3600 and use the group code of NFB. The best time to call is during regular business hours, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The 2018 room rates forstandard rooms are $106 a night, and junior suites are $146 a night. Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes, which at present is 14.625% and will be in effect at the time of check-out. Breakfast Buffet included in rate for up to two guests per room.

For early arrivals, there are a number of rooms reserved for Wednesday, October 31st. There will be another function in the hotel and rooms will vanish quickly. Don’t hesitate, please make your room reservations as soon as possible. Currently 152 rooms in our block have been reserved! Our block of rooms are available until October 5th, then they are released to the general public. In years past, the block sells out prior to the deadline, so please don’t hesitate!

When making hotel room reservations,you need to secure via credit card. There will be no charge to your card until you arrive at the hotel. There are a limited number of refrigerators and if you are in need for medical reasons,please inform the staff when making your hotel reservation. In addition, there are a limited number of wheelchair accessible rooms and if needed, don’t hesitate, make it known when you are making your room reservation.

With this said, if you are thinking about attending, if you are somewhat positive that you will attend, not quite sure you will attend and to those that know that they will attend, PLEASE make your hotel reservations as soon as possible.

Note: if you can not attend and you have made hotel reservations, don’t call the hotel to cancel. Please call Joe Ruffalo at 973-743-0075. Joe usually has a waiting list to review as many learn about the state convention after the date of October 5th. if the block is not sold out, the remainder of rooms
will be released to the public. In years past, the block sells out prior to
the deadline and therefore, Please, don’t hesitate!

Guide Dog Relief Area

The guide dog relief area will be announced at a later date.


We are planning to distribute the pre registration information by the last week in August and or early September; however, don’t hesitate to reserve your hotel room!

Videos from Previous State Convention

Videos from a previous year’s state convention can be viewed on our YouTube channel, NFBNJTransformDreams.

Here are the direct links to the playlist for previous state conventions.

NFBNJ Presidential Reports

Here are the NFBNJ Presidential Reports given by affiliate president Joe Ruffalo during our state conventions.

Additional Information

If you have questions and need additional information, please contact:
Joseph Ruffalo, President
254 Spruce Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Phone: 973-743-0075

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Contact Information

Joseph Ruffalo, President
254 Spruce Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Phone: 973-743-0075

Coming Soon

2018 NFB National Convention

July 3 through 8, 2018
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
9939 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32819

PayPal Donations

Please make a donation to the National Federation of the Blind general account, our general scholarship account, the Joe/Rose Ruffalo Memorial Scholarship account, or the Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy. Please indicate which account you wish the donation to go into when making your contribution. You do not need to have a PayPal account to donate, simply use the information from your debit/credit card if you don't have PayPal. All donations are tax deductible. To make a donation to NFBNJ via PayPal, please visit our PayPal Donations page.