When the state of New Jersey is mentioned, names like Rutgers University, the New Brunswick State Theater, the Atlantic City Boardwalk, and the Jersey shore are usually the topics. When politics is the topic, Chris Christie is the center of attention. According to some New Jeezerites, Christie hasn’t done much to get the state’s economy moving again. But when Sam Boraie’s name is mentioned, a completely different conversation takes place. Sam Boraie is not a politician. Bloomberg describes him as a philanthropist and real estate developer from New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Sam Boraie is a member of the Boraie family. Sam’s father, Omar, started Boraie Development more than 40 years ago, http://www.njbiz.com/article/20141230/NJBIZ01/141239989/the-visionary-omar-boraie-has-seen-the-potential-of-new-brunswick-for-four-decades. Boraie Development is responsible for the urban renewal in New Brunswick. For the last 30 years, Sam Boraie has played a major role in that urban renewal. The list of development projects that Boraie has been involved in is impressive. Four important projects in downtown New Brunswick turned that city into a hub for the healthcare industry. Those projects are the Boraie Albany Street Plaza One, Albany Street Plaza Two, One Spring Street, and the Aspire Building. Those buildings added more than 1 million square feet of office and living space to the downtown area.
New Brunswick has always been the home of Rutgers, and Johnson and Johnson. Johnson and Johnson is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States. Sam Boraie’s vision brought other companies to the city, and hundreds of people came back to downtown to live. New Brunswick may be small in terms of population, but it’s a big business center these days.
When Sam Boraie is not handling the day-to-day challenges of running a major real estate company, he is devoting his time and personal resources to the New Brunswick State Theater. Sam is a board member, and he is one of the people who helped guide the restoration of the theater to its original beauty. The 1,850-seat State Theater brings big name entertainment to New Jersey. But the theater also has several education programs for New Jersey’s youth. Boraie plays an active role in New Jersey’s education goals.
The nonprofit organization Elijah’s Promise is another Sam Boraie passion. Elijah’s Promise feeds Central Jersey’s hungry. There is a culinary arts program sponsored by Elijah’s Promise that trains unskilled people, so they can find jobs in the food industry. Sam is a board member and a major donor. Thanks to Boraie and other concerned citizens, Elijah’s Promise operates a soup kitchen, a pay-as-you-go café, and the culinary school.