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January 25, 2008

Re:      Dual Elective Office Holding Prohibition

Dear Mayor:

On September 5, 2007, Governor Jon Corzine signed A-4326, enacting P.L. 2007 c. 161 which statutorily prohibits dual elective office holding as of February 1, 2008 except for those who hold dual elective offices on that date and thereafter, continuously holding both elective offices.  This law is about to become effective, and no elected officials in New Jersey after that date will be able to take on another elected office without resigning from their current elected position. However, it is important to note that this prohibition applies only to elected positions.  It does not prevent an elected official from simultaneously holding an appointed public position.

For a discussion of this law, and the issues it addresses, please go to the article on this subject by League Assistant Counsel Ed Buzak, originally published in Municipalities Magazine and now on our website at

If you have any questions or concerns about this communication, please contact Deborah M. Kole, Staff Attorney, at the League, ex. 137, or at

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director


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