James Andrew “Jim” Courter is a United States Republican Party politician, lawyer and businessman.
His career in public service included representing New Jersey as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 12 years, from 1979 until 1991. He was nominated as the Republican Party’s nominee for Governor of New Jersey in 1989, but lost and decided not to run for reelection to congress in 1990. From 1991 to 1994, Courter held the cabinet-level position of chairman of the Base Closure and Realignment Commission, having been appointed by both President George Herbert Walker Bush and President Bill Clinton; the Commission oversaw the restructuring of the United States’ domestic military base infrastructure.
Jim Courter was chairman of the Committee for the Common Defense at the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, which was in 1995 responsible for writing a letter in support of the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit bomber that seven former Secretaries of Defense (representing every Democratic and Republican Administration since Richard Nixon) signed.
He is Chairman of the Lexington Institute, a think tank dedicated to resolving issues of foreign policy, national security, and international trade. He is also CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the IDT Corporation, based in Newark, New Jersey. Courter also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the company’s subsidiaries IDT Telecom, IDT Media, and IDT Winstar.
Courter currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Graduate School of Management at Rutgers University, he is a member of the Board of Trustees for Berkeley College, and is a member of the Drew University Board of Visitors. Courter is on the Board of Trustees of the Newark Museum, is a member of the New Jersey Network Foundation Board of Trustees, and was named an adjunct professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Courter also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Liberty Science Center, the Board of Trustees of the Newark Alliance, and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Centenary College of New Jersey.