New Jersey Secretary of State

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New Jersey Secretary of State
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $3,376,000
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   Serves a term coterminous with the governor
Authority:  New Jersey Constitution, Article V, Section IV
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Kim Guadagno
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 19, 2010
Compensation:  $141,000
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The Secretary of State for New Jersey is responsible for overseeing artistic, cultural, and historical programs within the state of New Jersey, as well as volunteerism and community service projects within the state. The New Jersey Department of Archives and Records Management, sometimes referred to simply as the "State Archives," is also under the authority of the secretary of state. The State Archives is the repository for all vital statistics, including marriage and divorce records and birth certificates, and also maintains a separate set of files for the registry of wills. The secretary of state oversees the Division of Tourism and the Division of Elections, and sets all tourism and election policy.

The secretary is the Chief Elections Officer of New Jersey. Prior to April 1st of 2008, the electoral division was under the State Attorney General.

In New Jersey, registry of corporations is not the responsibility of the secretary of state. The New Jersey Department of the Treasury is responsible for the maintenance of corporate records.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Kim Guadagno (R). She serves a dual role as both the current Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State.


The state Constitution addresses the office of secretary of state in Article V, the Executive.

Under Article V, Section IV (3):

The Secretary of State and the Attorney General shall be nominated and appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate to serve during the term of office of the Governor...


There are no specific qualifications for this office.


New Jersey state government organizational chart
See also: States with gubernatorial term limits, State legislatures with term limits

The Office of Secretary of State is filled via the governor with the "advice and consent" of the state senate. However, the governor may, without senate approval, appoint the lieutenant governor to serve in the statewide position. The secretary's term in office is the same as that of the governor and he/she cannot be removed except "for cause" by the governor or by way of legislative impeachment. (New Jersey Constitution, Article V § 4)


Per Article V, Section I (13) of the New Jersey Constitution, in the event of a vacancy in the office of secretary of state, the governor with the consent of the senate, appoints a new officeholder. If the vacancy occurs while the Legislature is in recess, the governor makes an ad interim appointment, which expires at the end of the next regular session of the Senate.


The main duties of the Secretary of State include serving as the state's chief election official, overseeing promotion of the state's tourism industry, and administering programs related to the arts, culture and history.[1]


The Secretary of State oversees the Department of State, which includes the following divisions:[2]

  • Business Action Center
  • Division of Elections
  • Division of Programs
  • Division of Travel and Tourism
  • New Jersey Cultural Trust
  • New Jersey Historical Commission
  • New Jersey State Archives
  • New Jersey State Council on the Arts
  • New Jersey State Museum

State budget

See also: New Jersey state budget and finances

The budget for the Secretary of State's office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $3,376,000.[3]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The salaries of state executive officials are determined by the New Jersey State Legislature. State executive officers, along with judicial and legislative officials, have not received salary increases since 2002. A seven-member salary commission determined annual pay for state officials from its creation in 1999 until legislators eliminated the commission in 2014. All cabinet officials under the governor's office receive annual salaries of $141,000 as legislators have not approved pay increases since the commission's elimination.[4][5][6]


In 2014, the secretary received a salary of $141,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]


In 2013, the secretary was paid an estimated $141,000.[8]


In 2010, the secretary was paid an estimated $141,000 according to the Council of State Governments.[9]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Capitol Address:
New Jersey

Office of the Secretary
PO Box 300
Trenton, NJ 08625-0300

Phone: (609) 984-1900
Fax: (609) 292-7665

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