to Hangout NJ-- the state's Web site for kids! In this Government
section, you will find lots of information about how New Jersey
government works. Use the "Meet the Governor"
link (above) to learn more about Governor Chris Christie and his work.
Government - State
constitution of the state of New Jersey was written
in 1776. The constitution was written during the Revolutionary
War to create a basic government framework for the state.
It is different from the United States Constitution,
which provides the structure for the government of the
constitution has been replaced twice to address problems
and new issues within government. In the mid-1800s New
Jersey citizens wanted a more democratic state government.
constitution separated the powers of the legislative,
judicial, and executive branches. A bill of rights was
included in the constitution. The new constitution also
gave the people (instead of the legislature) the right
to elect the governor.
constitution came into effect in 1947. The governor's
powers were increased and his or her term in office was
extended an extra year to four years. The state court
system was also reorganized.
the constitution can be changed through amendments. Amendments
can be proposed by the legislature. Three-fifths of both
houses of the legislature must approve an amendment. It
can also pass by receiving a majority vote for two straight
years. Voters must also approve amendments in the general