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Thursday, July 2, 2015

New Jersey State Constitution

New Jersey State Constitution, 1776. Available from the New Jersey Department of State.

New Jersey adopted its first state constitution on 2 July 1776. It was the fourth of the colonies to adopt a constitution declaring independence from Great Britain. The constitution was drafted over five days, and it was signed in Provincial Congress in Burlington, New Jersey by Samuel Tucker and William Paterson. Within 48 hours, the constitution had been ratified.

The original constitution was only supposed to be a temporary charter, but it remained the state constitution for sixty-eight years. the constitution was revised in 1844 and rewritten in 1947.

Constitutionally New Jersey
History of the New Jersey State Constitution
1776 State Constitution
"Throwback Thursday: The Garden State's Constitutional Roots." The Star-Ledger, 2 July 2015, p. 15.

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