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State of New Jersey, Civil Service Commission
Governor Phil Murphy • Lt.Governor Sheila Oliver
The “New Jersey First Act”, effective September 1, 2011, contains new residency requirements for public officers and employees.

The “New Jersey First Act,” , N.J.S.A. 52:14-7 (L. 2011, Chapter 70)  effective September 1, 2011, contains new residency requirements for public officers and employees, unless exempted under the law. Current, new or prospective employees should be aware of the following:

Effective September  1, 2011, all employees of State and local government must reside in the State of New Jersey, unless exempted under the law.  If you already work for State or local government as of September  1,  2011, and you do not live in New Jersey, you are not required to move to New Jersey.  However, if you begin your office, position or employment on September  1,  2011 or later, you must reside in New Jersey.  If you do not reside in New Jersey, you have one year after the date you take your office, position or employment to relocate your residence to New Jersey.  If you do not do so, you are subject to removal from your office, position or employment. 

Review key points of the NJ First Act with Civil Service Commission Chair/CEO Robert M. Czech.

View current civil service regulations on residence standards.


Application for Exemption from residency requirement 

If you have questions about the exemption application procedure (that is, how to go about applying for an exemption from the residency requirement of the NJ First Act), call (609) 292-1700 or write to:

Employee Residency Review Committee
NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development
PO Box 110
Trenton, NJ 08625-0110

Please do not call or write with questions of legal interpretation. That is, please do not call or write with questions regarding whether the NJ First Act applies to you or, if you are an employer, whether it applies to one of your employees or prospective employees.  The staff of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development who have been assigned to assist the Committee are NOT empowered to answer such questions.  Again, please ONLY contact staff for questions regarding the application procedure.

Scheduled meetings of Employee Residency Review Committee

The Employee Residency Review Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. at the NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development, 13th floor auditorium, 1 John Fitch Way, Trenton, NJ 08625.

View the meetings of the Employee Residency Review Committee.



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