The Governor of New Jersey is the chief executive of the U.S. state of New Jersey. The current holder of that office is Jon Corzine, who re-assumed executive powers on May 7,2007 from acting Gov. Richard Codey, after recuperating from an automobile accident on April 12, 2007. Corzine's term began on January 17, 2006 and continues until January 19, 2010.
The Governor of New Jersey is considered one of the most powerful governorships in the nation as it is currently the only state-wide (non-federal) elected office in the state. Thus, unlike many other states that have elections for some cabinet-level positions, under the New Jersey State Constitution the governor appoints the entire cabinet, subject to confirmation by the New Jersey Senate.
State law allows for a maximum salary of $175,000. Jon Corzine accepts a token salary of $1 per year as Governor. Jim McGreevey, his predecessor, took home an annual salary of $157,000.
The Executive Mansion and ceremonial residence of the governor is Drumthwacket, located in Princeton, New Jersey. Some governors have chosen to either live in the mansion part-time or in their own homes.
Before this amendment was passed, an acting governor was even more powerful than an elected governor, as he simultaneously served as president of the New Jersey Senate, thus having a major hand in one half of the legislative process and being the executive process. As a result, Governor Richard Codey was the final person to wield such power.
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