Morris County lawmakers are calling for a lieutenant governor in New Jersey
New Jersey is one of a handful of states without a lieutenant governor. Both Connecticut and New York have lieutenant governors ready to step in at a moment's notice. Now, two state legislators are working on a bill so New Jersey can have a lieutenant governor too.
If Governor McGreevy (D-NJ) waits until November 15th to step down Democratic Senate President Dick Codey will step in as acting governor and serve out the remainder of McGreevy's term. In addition to his duties as governor, Codey will also continue to serve as senate president. Some say that is a lot to handle for one person and they argue that New Jersey residents would be better served with a lieutenant governor.
Morris County Assemblyman Alex Decroce plans to revive a 2001 bill that would allow for a governor and a lieutenant governor to run on the same ticket. He first introduced this bill after Senate President Donald DiFrancesco was forced to take on the governor's job for ten months when Governor Christie Whitman left to join the Bush administration.