N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 489



Wednesday, July 30, 1947 (Morning session)

(The session began at 10:15 A. M.)

The twelfth meeting of the Committee on the Judiciary convened in the Rutgers University Gymnasium.

PRESENT: Brogan, Dixon, Drenk, Jacobs, McGrath, McMurray, Miller, G. W., Peterson, H. W., Smith, G. F., Sommer and Winne.

Vice-Chairman Jacobs presided at the request of Chairman Sommer.

VICE-CHAIRMAN NATHAN L. JACOBS: This is a public hearing on the tentative draft of the Judicial Article proposed by the Committee on the Judiciary. I have asked that all individuals who expect to speak before the Committee give their names to our Secretary, Mrs. Miller, and state the organization, if any, which they represent. When you appear, will you please state your name and the name of the organization so that our recording device will record it. You are, of course, at liberty to speak with respect to the entire Article. But if you are speaking with reference to a particular section, will you be good enough to mention the particular section so that the attention of the Committee members will be directed to it?

If any of you require that you speak this morning rather than this afternoon, will you be good enough to tell our Secretary that so that we may call you this morning?

Mr. Kerney will be heard now.

MR. JAMES KERNEY, JR.: Mrs. Miller, and gentlemen:

I represent, as most of you may know, the New Jersey Committee for Constitutional Revision. We are a lay group composed of a great many constituent organizations with divergent interests: the State Federation of Labor, the State C.I.O., the Taxpayers' Association, the Federation of Women's Clubs, the Federation of Colored Women's Clubs, the League of Women Voters, the Association of University Women, the State Council of Churches, the New Jersey League of Women Shoppers and the Consumers League.

We are a lay organization and I think I can safety say we are the only lay organization which has testified before your Committee. I know from checking over the testimony that there has been no lay group which has expressed an opinion contrary to the joint

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