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New Jersey Secretary of State
|New Jersey Secretary of State|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$3,376,000|
|Length of term:||Serves a term coterminous with the governor|
|Authority:||New Jersey Constitution, Article V, Section IV|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by Governor|
|Assumed office:||January 19, 2010|
|Other New Jersey Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Comptroller• Commissioner of Education • Agriculture Secretary • Insurance Commissioner • Commissioner of Environmental Protection • Labor Commissioner • Public Utilities Board|
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.
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.
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.
The Secretary of State oversees the Department of State, which includes the following divisions:
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
In 2013, the secretary was paid an estimated $141,000.
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Contact informationCapitol Address:
Office of the Secretary
PO Box 300
Trenton, NJ 08625-0300
Phone: (609) 984-1900
Fax: (609) 292-7665
- Kim Guadagno, New Jersey Secretary of State
- Governor of New Jersey
- Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey
- Attorney General of New Jersey
- New Jersey Constitution
- State of New Jersey, "Lt. Governor and Secretary of State Kim Guadagno," accessed March 23, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State, " Homepage," accessed March 23, 2013
- New Jersey Department of the Treasury, "FY 2013 Appropriations Act," accessed April 16, 2013
- NJ.com, "N.J. Republican leaders block pay raises for top state officials," September 28, 2011
- New Jersey State Legislature, "Joint Resolution No. 1," March 5, 1999
- LegiScan, "Assembly, No. 3067," February 7, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 3, 2014
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries," accessed January 31, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," accessed June 22, 2011