Secretary of State of New Jersey

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The Secretary of State of New Jersey oversees the Department of State, which is one of the original state offices. The Secretary 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 and is also the keeper of the Great Seal of the State.

The Department's agencies include the State Archives, the Division of Elections, the Division of Programs, the Business Action Center, the Red Tape Review commission, the Council on the Arts, the historical Commission, the Cultural Based Initiatives, the Center for Hispanic Research and Development, the Office for Planning Advocacy and the State Planning Commission. The Secretary of Higher Education, the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, the State Library and the Sports and Exposition Authority are in but not of the department.

The New Jersey Division of Archives and Records Management, sometimes referred to simply as 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 which advertises and promotes New Jersey as a premier travel destination and the Division of Elections, and sets all tourism and election policy.

The Secretary is the Chief Elections Officer of New Jersey. Prior to April 1, 2008, the electoral division was under the New Jersey Attorney General.[1] The Secretary of State is also the chair of the board of State Canvasser, which certifies election results for federal and state office elections and public questions.[2]

In New Jersey, registry of corporations is not the responsibility of the Secretary of State. The New Jersey Department of the Treasury is responsible for the maintenance of corporate records.

In New Jersey, the Secretary of State serves a term of office concurrent with the that of the Governor.[3] 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,[4] a recent law review article argues that the Governor does not have the authority to remove the Secretary of State "for cause,"[5] 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[edit]

Holders of the office of Secretary of State include:[6]

# Portrait Secretary of State Term Governor Party
1 - Charles Pettit 1776–1779 - -
2 - Bowes Reed 1778–1794 - -
3 - Samuel W. Stockton 1794–1795 - -
4 - John Beatty 1795–1805 - -
5 - James Linn 1805–1820 - -
6 - Daniel Coleman 1820–1830 - -
7 - James D. Westcott 1830–1840 - -
8 - Charles G. McChesney 1840–1851 Daniel Haines -
9 - Thomas S. Allison 1851–1861 - -
10 - Whitfield S. Johnson 1861–1866 - -
11 - Horace N. Congar 1866–1870 - -
12 - Henry C. Kelsey 1870–1897 - -
13 - George Wurts 1897–1902 - -
14 - Samuel D. Dickinson 1902–1912 - -
15 - David S. Crater 1912–1915 - -
16 - Thomas F. Martin 1915–1926 - -
17 - Joseph F. S. Fitzpatrick 1926–1931 - -
18 - Thomas A. Mathis 1931–1941 - -
19 - Joseph A. Brophy 1941–1946 - -
20 - Lloyd B. Marsh 1946–1954 - -
21 - Edward J. Patten 1954–1962 - -
22 - Robert J. Burkhardt 1962–1970 - -
23 - Paul J. Sherwin 1970–1972 - -
- - Robert M. Falcey 1972–1974 (acting) - -
24 - J. Edward Crabiel 1974–1977 Brendan Byrne (1974–1982) -
- - Francis J. Carragher 1977 (acting) Brendan Byrne (1974–1982) -
- - George W. Lee 1977 (acting) Brendan Byrne (1974–1982) -
25 - Donald Lan 1977–1982 Brendan Byrne (1974–1982) -
26 - Jane Burgio 1982–1990 Thomas H. Kean (1982–1990) -
27 - Joan Haberle 1990–1992 James Florio (1990–94) -
28 - Daniel Dalton 1992–1994 James Florio (1990–94) -
29 - Lonna Hooks 1994–1998 Christine Todd Whitman (1994–2001) -
- - Carol Cronheim 1998–1999 (acting) Christine Todd Whitman (1994–2001) -
30 - DeForest Soaries 1999–2002 Christine Todd Whitman (1994–2001)
Donald DiFrancesco (2001–02)
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31 - Regena Thomas 2002–2006 James E. McGreevey (2002–2005)
Richard Codey (acting) (2005–2006)
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32 - Nina Mitchell Wells 2006–2010 Jon S. Corzine (2006–2010) -
33 - Kim Guadagno 2010–present Chris Christie (2010–present) Republican

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