TRENTON, N.J. -- Since the MyNewJersey portal and the state home page were merged last November, public enrollment in the combined NJ.GOV portal has increased 225 percent, according to the New Jersey Office of Information Technology.

Currently, more than 27,000 people are registered members of the portal, and in February more than 3,000 new members enrolled, the highest new enrollment in a single month, the OIT said.

"The increased number of registered users on the portal clearly demonstrates the success of the merger of MyNewJersey with the state home page," said New Jersey Chief Technology Officer Charles S. Dawson.

The OIT said more than 2,000 New Jersey businesses have enrolled to receive secure services through their personalized home page; 2,000 state employees for secure e-mail access; and approximately 800 members of the portal enrolled for secure mainframe access.

Also, more than 600 municipal officials, including clerks, finance officers, mayors, health officers, tax collectors and counter-terrorism officials conduct business through the portal, the OIT said, and two state agencies are now using the portal to deliver their Intranet home pages.