NEWJERSEY: Why can’t “we” initiative, referendum, and recall?

A jewel in the crown of California’s democracy
Jeff Jacoby

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Like the ability to pass or repeal laws via the ballot box — initiative and referendum — the recall is one of the mechanisms of direct democracy that were adopted in many states during the Progressive Movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In California, the campaign to add them to the state constitution was spearheaded by Governor Hiram Johnson, who wanted to blunt the political power of California’s corrupt railroad monopolies. In an impassioned inaugural address, he hailed the initiative, referendum, and recall as the best way to give to the electorate the power of action when desired, and . . . place in the hands of the people the means by which they may protect themselves.”

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During the Florio tax revolt — hands across New Jersey — was championing I,R,&R. 

But the “movement” was taken over by the R’s when they subverted the leadership and that ended that.

A plague on both their “houses”, the R’s and the D’s.

“We, The Sheeple” need to grow some “huevos muchos grande” and make this a litmus test for candidates who want their vote.


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