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The New Jersey State Constitution: A Reference Guide
     

The New Jersey State Constitution: A Reference Guide

by Robert F. Williams
 

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This comprehensive reference guide provides an  in-depth study of New Jersey's constitution.
 
The year 1997 marks the fiftieth anniversary of New Jerseys wellregarded state constitution.  State constitutions, although the highest source of law within a state, are not well understood by citizens, government officials, historians, political

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This comprehensive reference guide provides an  in-depth study of New Jersey's constitution.
 
The year 1997 marks the fiftieth anniversary of New Jerseys wellregarded state constitution.  State constitutions, although the highest source of law within a state, are not well understood by citizens, government officials, historians, political scientists, lawyers, or even judges.

This book is the first single volume to combine a detailed review of New Jersey's constitutional history and analysis of each section of the current constitution.  It is the standard work on New Jersey constitutional development and law.  Divided into two parts, the book first covers the historical development of the constitutions of 1776, 1844, the Constitutional Commission of 1873, and the current constitution written in 1947.  It then traces the origins and major judicial interpretations of each section of the present-day constitution.  It concludes with an exhaustive bibliographical essay which organizes the most complete listing of primary and secondary sources to date.

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Library Journal
In this book, the first in the publisher's ``Reference Guides to State Constitutions of the United States'' series, Williams (law, Rutgers Univ.) examines the 1947 New Jersey Constitution, in use in the state today. He lists each of its 11 Articles, briefly explains their meanings, and describes anything of relevance pertaining to them, such as judicial interpretation. An extensive Table of Cases is provided at the end of the book. Williams also discusses the state's previous 1776 and 1844 constitutions, the 1873 Constitutional Commission, the changes made between 1875 and 1940, and post-1947 development. While on a rather narrow topic, this reference will be a useful purchase for libraries that specialize in constitutional matters or that want a reference source on their state.--Robert W. Langran, Villanova Univ., Pa.
Booknews
The first volume of a new series studies a state constitution that is widely envied. Its development sheds light on New Jersey's political, economic, and social growth and is the subject of part I; part II comprises an analysis of the current document. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813524993
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Series:
Reference Guides to the State Constitution Series
Edition description:
Updated
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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ROBERT F. WILLIAMS is Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers University, Camden.

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