Thursday, January 30, 2014

Former Mayors now Permitted to Solemnize Marriages and Civil Unions After New Law Signed by Governor Christie

According to the State of New Jersey Office of the Governor on January 17, 2014, Governor Chris Christie signed into law Bill A-2128, a law which includes permitting any former Mayor, who is not currently serving on the municipal governing body to solemnize marriages and civil unions. Bill language provides for the act to take effect immediately.

Previously only Mayors, Deputy Mayors when authorized by the Mayor or Chairman of a Township Committee were permitted to solemnize marriages and civil unions. Now former Mayors will be in the same classification as the current Mayor of a municipality. 

In Galloway Township this law will now permit former Mayor Keith Hartman, Thomas Bassford, Mark Hanko, and other former Mayors the authority to perform marriages and civil unions. 

The bill was sponsored by:

Assemblyman JOHN J. BURZICHELLI District 3
 (Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem) 

Assemblyman RONALD S. DANCER
District 12 (Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean) 

Assemblywoman CELESTE M. RILEY
District 3 (Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem)

Co-Sponsored by:
Senators Weinberg and Greenstein

Former Mayors should coordinate with their Municipal Clerk for appropriate forms, instructions and guidelines associated with the ceremonies.


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