The Star Ledger endorsed voting against creating a lt. gov post, saying
The ballot measure is almost impossible to understand. Much of the amendment and the accompanying interpretive statement deals with what will happen in the period of time before the first lieutenant governor is on a statewide ballot, 2009, if the governor leaves office. Nor does it tell voters that when a lieutenant governor is elected, he will serve only until the next available election. That information is contained in enabling legislation enacted in Trenton.
NOTE the assumption that the lt.gov. will be a ‘he’.
Last week they highlighted the same point:
New Jersey’s proposed lieutenant governor would not complete the remaining term of a governor who died or resigned. Instead, the following November, a new governor and lieutenant governor would be elected and would take office immediately.
Most troubling to me is that the lt. gov. will not be elected individually, as in many states, but be chosen by the gubernatorial candidate, like US vice-president, and then the pair will run as a team.
Gubernatorial candidates would hand-pick their running mates for lieutenant governor, beginning with the 2009 election.
I see it as two steps forward, one step back. I would not go as far as the Star Ledger in saying vote against creating a lt.gov. post, but I think I’m in the camp that says we’re probably going to have to fine tune it later.