New Jersey State College Bond Issue, Public Question 1 (2012)

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Public Question 1
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:New Jersey Constitution
Referred by:New Jersey State Legislature
Topic:Bond issues
The New Jersey State College Bond Issue, also known as Public Question 1, was on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of New Jersey as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was approved. The measure allowed the state to borrow $750 million for buildings and upgrades at the state's colleges. According to reports, most of the money would go to research universities and public colleges. Also, other funds would be allocated to 19 community colleges.[1]

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results

The following are official election results:

New Jersey Public Question 1 (2012)
Approveda Yes 1,541,549 62.7%

Results via: The New Jersey Secretary of State

Text of the measure

Ballot language

The following is ballot language that voters saw on the ballot:[2]

Do you approve the "Building Our Future Bond Act?" This bond act authorizes the state to issue bonds in the aggregate principal of $750 million to provide matching grants to New Jersey's colleges and universities. Money from the grants will be used to build, equip and expand higher education facilities for the purpose of increasing academic capacity.[3]


No formal campaign in favor of the measure was identified by Ballotpedia.


No formal campaign in opposition of the measure was identified by Ballotpedia.


Polls, 2012 ballot measures
  • In a poll released on October 5, 2012, a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll showed that those surveyed favor the measure with 62% approval. The poll was conducted on September 27-30, and had a margin of error of 3.9 percentage points.[4]
Date of Poll Pollster In favor Opposed Undecided Number polled
Sept. 27-30, 2012 Rutgers-Eagleton Poll 62% 27% 11% 790

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the New Jersey Constitution

In New Jersey, the state legislature must approve a proposed amendment by a supermajority vote of 60% but the same amendment can also qualify for the ballot if successive sessions of the New Jersey State Legislature approve it by a simple majority. Four states (Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) have an either/or system: a proposed amendment must be passed by simple majority in two separate legislative sessions, or by a supermajority vote of one session.

The measure was passed to the ballot after the state legislature approved it.[5]

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