- Secretary of State of New Jersey
The Secretary of State of New Jersey is responsible for overseeing artistic, cultural, and historical programs within the U.S. state of New Jersey, as well as volunteerism and community service projects within the state.
The New Jersey Division of Archives and Records Management, sometimes referred to simply as the "State Archives", is also under the authority of the Secretary of State. The State Archives is the repository for all vital statistics, including marriage and divorce records and birth certificates, and also maintains a separate set of files for the registry of wills. The Secretary of State oversees the Division of Tourism and the Division of Elections, and sets all tourism and election policy.
In New Jersey, the Secretary of State serves a term of office concurrent with the that of the Governor. Although the conventional wisdom is that the Secretary of State cannot be removed from office except "for cause" by the Governor or by way of legislative impeachment, a recent law review article argues that the Governor does not have the authority to remove the Secretary of State "for cause," and this issue has not been tested.
The current Secretary of State is Kim Guadagno, who is simultaneously the state's Lieutenant Governor.
List of office holders
Holders of the office of Secretary of State include:
- Charles Pettit, 1776-1778
- Bowes Reed, 1778-1794
- Samuel W. Stockton, 1794-1795
- John Beatty, 1795-1805
- James Linn, 1805-1820
- Daniel Coleman, 1820-1830
- James D. Westcott, 1830-1840
- Charles G. McChesney, 1840-1851
- Thomas S. Allison, 1851-1861
- Whitfield S. Johnson, 1861-1866
- Horace N. Congar, 1866-1870
- Henry C. Kelsey, 1870-1897
- George Wurts, 1897-1902
- Samuel D. Dickinson, 1902-1912
- David S. Crater, 1912-1915
- Thomas F. Martin, 1915-1926
- Joseph F. S. Fitzpatrick, 1926-1931
- Thomas A. Mathis, 1931-1941
- Joseph A. Brophy, 1941-1946
- Lloyd B. Marsh, 1946-1954
- Edward J. Patten, 1954-1962
- Robert J. Burkhardt, 1962-1970
- Paul J. Sherwin, 1970-1972
- Robert M. Falcey (acting), 1972-1974
- J. Edward Crabiel, 1974-1977
- Francis J. Carragher (acting), 1977
- George W. Lee (acting), 1977
- Donald Lan, 1977-1982
- Jane Burgio, 1982-1990
- Joan Haberle, 1990-1992
- Daniel Dalton, 1992-1994
- Lonna Hooks, 1994-1998
- DeForest Soaries, 1998-2001
- Regena Thomas, 2002-2006
- Nina Mitchell Wells, 2006-2010
- Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, 2010- 
- Official website of the New Jersey Department of State
- New Jersey Division of Elections website
- Official website of the New Jersey Department of Archives and Records Management
- ^ Division of Elections transfer of authority
- ^ New Jersey State Constitution Art V, Sec 4
- ^ Letter from OLS Deputy Counsel Danielle A. Brucchieri to Senate Republican Office, Office of Legislative Services, May 9, 2005. Accessed December 2, 2008.
- ^ Eric R. Daleo, "The Scope and Limits of the New Jersey Governor's Authority to Remove the Attorney General and Others 'For Cause'", Rutgers Law Journal, Vol. 39, Issue 2, page 393, 2008. Accessed December 2, 2008.
- ^ Gribbins, J. Joseph (1971). Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey. Trenton, N.J.. pp. 217.
- ^ Christie to tap lieutenant governor-elect as secretary of state
- ^ Christie taps lieutenant governor for double duty as secretary of state
State secretaries of state in the United States
SD: Jason Gant (R)
TN: Tre Hargett (R)
TX: Esperanza Andrade (R)
UT: No such office
VT: Jim Condos (D)
VA: Janet Polarek (R)
WA: Sam Reed (R)
WV: Natalie Tennant (D)
WI: Doug La Follette (D)
WY: Max Maxfield (R)
AS: Lt. Gov. Ipulasi A. Sunia (D)
DC: Cynthia Brock-Smith (D)
GU: Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio (R)
PR: Kenneth McClintock (D-NPP)
VI: No such officeIn Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, the office is called the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
In states without the office, the lieutenant governor may perform some of the typical duties of a Secretary of State.
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