One to a Customer: The Democratic Downsides of Dual Office Holding

By Tom O’Neill

It is against the background of both the state’s traditions and its apparent current appetite for reform that we offer this report dealing with, arguably, one of the most sacred of New Jersey’s sacred cows: dual office holding. In some states, holding more than one elective office is simply not done. In others, it can’t be done because it is against the law or violates the state constitution. But in New Jersey, it is not too strong to say that dual office holding is practiced with a vengeance.

Mayors are also legislators; freeholders are also mayors, and so on. It takes place in the state’s largest city and many of its smallest towns. It’s perfectly legal—but far from perfect.

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