New Jersey Gubernatorial Partial Term Excluded from Term Limit Amendment, SCR 118 (2014)

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The New Jersey Gubernatorial Partial Term Excluded from Term Limit Amendment, SCR 118 did not make the November 4, 2014 ballot in New Jersey as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would have not included any partial term of an unexpired term served by a governor in the term limit of two successive terms. This measure was sponsored by Sen. Nia Gill (D-34) in the New Jersey Legislature, where it was known as Senate Concurrent Resolution 118. The measure would have amended Article V, Section I, paragraph 5 of the New Jersey Constitution.[1][2]

Text of measure

If the measure had been placed on the ballot in its introduced form, it would have appeared as follows:[1]

If you favor the proposition printed below make a cross (X), plus (+), or check (a) in the square opposite the word "Yes." If you are opposed thereto make a cross (X), plus (+) or check (a) in the square opposite the word "No."

NJ2014 Gov Partial Terms Amend.PNG[3]

Constitutional changes

The measure would have amended Article V, Section I, paragraph 5 of the New Jersey Constitution to read as follows. The underlined text would have been added and the [bracketed] text would been removed.[1]

5. The term of office of the Governor and of the Lieutenant Governor shall be four years, beginning at noon of the third Tuesday in January next following their election, and ending at noon of the third Tuesday in January four years thereafter. No person who has been elected Governor for two successive four-year terms, [including] excluding an unexpired term, shall again be eligible for that office until the third Tuesday in January of the fourth year following the expiration of the second successive term.[3]

Support

SCR 118 was sponsored by Sen. Nia Gill (D-34).[2]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the New Jersey Constitution

In New Jersey, proposed constitutional amendments have two ways of achieving ballot access. The New Jersey Legislature can either qualify it with supermajority approval of 60 percent in one legislative session or with simple majorities in two successive sessions. SCR 118 was introduced in the Senate on June 9, 2014 and referred to the State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 New Jersey Legislature, "SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION No. 118, as introduced," June 9, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Open States, "New Jersey 2014-2015 Regular Session: SCR 118," accessed June 17, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

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