The New Jersey State Constitution

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The New Jersey State Constitution is a completely revised new edition that provide an outstanding constitutional and historical account of the state's governing charter. In addition to an overview of New Jersey's constitutional history, it provides an in-depth, section-by-section analysis of the entire constitution, detailing the many significant changes that have been made since its initial drafting. This treatment, along with a table of cases, index, and bibliography provides an unsurpassed reference guide for ...

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Overview

The New Jersey State Constitution is a completely revised new edition that provide an outstanding constitutional and historical account of the state's governing charter. In addition to an overview of New Jersey's constitutional history, it provides an in-depth, section-by-section analysis of the entire constitution, detailing the many significant changes that have been made since its initial drafting. This treatment, along with a table of cases, index, and bibliography provides an unsurpassed reference guide for students, scholars, and practitioners of New Jersey's constitution.

State constitutions perform different functions and contain different provisions from the more-familiar U.S. Constitution. The book first outlines the historical development of New Jersey's state constitution from 1776 to the present and explains the highlights of the process of state constitutional development, leading to the current New Jersey constitution. Next, each section of the current constitution is analyzed, including its origins, general intent and purpose, and important judicial interpretations illustrating the types of situations in which the section can come into play, including references to key academic analysis of each section. Careful explanation is provided, with illustrations from cases, of the complex and evolving relationship between rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and rights guaranteed by the New Jersey constitution. In many instances, New Jersey's rights can be more protective than those included in the Federal Constitution. Finally, the book provides a thorough bibliographical essay reviewing the evolution of the New Jersey constitution.

The Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States is an important series that reflects a renewed international interest in constitutional history and provides expert insight into each of the 50 state constitutions. Each volume in this innovative series contains a historical overview of the state's constitutional development, a section-by-section analysis of its current constitution, and a comprehensive guide to further research.

Under the expert editorship of Professor G. Alan Tarr, Director of the Center on State Constitutional Studies at Rutgers University, this series provides essential reference tools for understanding state constitutional law. Books in the series can be purchased individually or as part of a complete set, giving readers unmatched access to these important political documents.

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Robert F. Williams is Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, and Associate Director of the Center for State Constitutional Studies. He holds a B.A. from Florida State, a J.D. from the University of Florida, and LL.M. degrees from New York University School of Law and Columbia Law School. Professor Williams served as a legislative assistant during the 1967 Special Constitutional Revision session of the Florida Legislature and represented clients before the 1978 Florida Constitution Revision Commission.

Professor Williams teaches Civil Procedure, State Constitutional Law and Statutory Interpretation at Rutgers Law School in Camden, in addition to writing and practicing in those areas. He is the author of The Law of American State Constitutions (Oxford Univ. Press 2009); State Constitutional Law: Cases and Materials (4th ed., Lexis Law Publishers 2006); Drafting State Constitutions, Revisions and Amendments (2006) (with Frank P. Grad); and numerous journal articles about state constitutional law and legislation. He is also co-author (with Hetzel and Libonati) of Legislative Law and Statutory Interpretation (4th ed., Lexis Law Publishers, 2008).

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Table of Contents

SERIES FOREWORD by G. Alan Tarr
FOREWORD by Richard J. Hughes
Preface to the Second Edition
INTRODUCTION
PART I. THE CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY OF NEW JERSEY
PART II. NEW JERSEY CONSTITUTION AND COMMENTARY
Article I: Rights and Privileges
Article II: Elections and Suffrage
Article III: Distribution of the Powers of Government
Article IV: Legislative
Article V: Executive
Article VI: Judicial
Article VII. Public Officers and Employees
Article VIII. Taxation and Finance
Article IX. Amendments
Article X: General Provisions
Article XI: Schedule
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY
TABLE OF CASES
INDEX

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