Scutari Wants Longer Terms, Fewer Elections

State Sen. Nicholas Scutari

State Sen. Nicholas Scutari

STATE – State Sen. Nicholas Scutari wants New Jersey lawmakers to have longer terms.

The Union County Democrat proposed a measure calling for state senators to stand for election every five years. Currently, they are elected in a 10-year cycle of one two-year term followed by two four-year terms. Scutari also wants Assembly members to alternate between two-year and three-year terms, rather than two-year terms.

Scutari said that by having fewer elections, legislators wouldn’t need to spend so much time raising funds to campaign and could take a long-term approach to lawmaking.

Critics charge that the move would put state legislators further out of touch with the average New Jersey resident.

The Senate State Government Committee delayed a vote on the proposed constitutional amendment. Monday.  Scutari’s measure does not mention term limits, but some committee members debated the topic at Monday’s hearing.

The changes in term length would ultimately need an approval from New Jersey voters.

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