The New Jersey State Constitution

Hardcover | May 15, 2012

byRobert F. Williams

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The New Jersey State Constitution provides 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 themany 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 constitutionaldevelopment, 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, includingreferences 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'srights 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 historicaloverview 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 completeset, giving readers unmatched access to these important political documents.

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The New Jersey State Constitution provides 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 themany significant changes that have been made s...

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 ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:May 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199778272

ISBN - 13:9780199778270

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G. Alan Tarr: Series ForewardRichard J. Hughes: ForewordIntroductionPART I. THE CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY OF NEW JERSEYPART II. NEW JERSEY CONSTITUTION AND COMMENTARYArticle I: Rights and PrivilegesArticle II: Elections and SuffrageArticle III: Distribution of the Powers of GovernmentArticle IV: LegislativeArticle V: ExecutiveArticle VI: JudicialArticle VII. Public Officers and EmployeesArticle VIII. Taxation and FinanceArticle IX. AmendmentsArticle X: General ProvisionsArticle XI: ScheduleBibliographical EssayTable of CasesIndex