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New Jersey General Assembly

NameNew Jersey General Assembly
LegislatureNew Jersey State Legislature
Coa PicSeal of New Jersey.svg
Session RoomNew Jersey General Assembly floor.jpg
House TypeLower house
Term LimitsNone
New SessionJanuary 12, 2011
Leader1 TypeSpeaker of the General Assembly
Leader1Sheila Y. Oliver
Election1January 12, 2010
Leader2 TypeSpeaker pro Tempore
Leader2Jerry Green
Election2December 10, 2008
Leader3 TypeMajority Leader
Leader3Joseph Cryan
Election3January 12, 2010
Leader4 TypeMinority Leader
Leader4Alex DeCroce
Election4January 12, 2004
Term Length2 years
AuthorityArticle IV, New Jersey Constitution
Last Election1November 3, 2009
(80 seats)
Next Election1November 8, 2011
(80 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Political Groups1Democratic Party (47)
Republican Party (33)
Meeting PlaceGeneral Assembly Chamber
New Jersey State House
Trenton, New Jersey

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The New Jersey General Assembly is the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature.

Since the election of 1967 (1968 Session), the Assembly has consisted of 80 members. Two members are elected from each of New Jersey's 40 legislative districts for a term of two years, each representing districts with average populations of 210,359 (2000 figures). To be eligible to run, a potential candidate must be at least 21 years of age, and must have lived in New Jersey for at least two years prior to the election. They also must be residents of their districts. Membership in the Assembly is considered a part-time job, and many members have employment in addition to their legislative work. Assembly members serve two-year terms, elected every odd-numbered year in November. Several members of the Assembly hold other elective office, as they are grandfathered in under a New Jersey law that banned multiple office holding in 2007.

The Assembly is led by the Speaker of the Assembly, who is elected by the membership of the chamber. After the Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey and the President of the New Jersey Senate, the Speaker of the Assembly is third in the line of succession to replace the Governor of New Jersey in the event that he or she is unable to execute the duties of that office. The Speaker decides the schedule for the Assembly, which bills will be considered, appoints committee chairmen, and generally runs the Assembly's agenda. The current Speaker is Sheila Y. Oliver (D-East Orange).

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