Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council)

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The Faulkner Act or Optional Municipal Charter Law provides for New Jersey municipalities to adopt a Mayor-Council government.

As in all Faulkner Act municipalities, citizens in the Mayor-Council system enjoy the right of initiative and referendum, meaning that proposed ordinances can be introduced directly by the people without action by the local governing body. This right is exercised by preparing a conforming petition signed by 10% of the registered voters who turned out in the last general election in an odd-numbered year. Once the petition is submitted, the local governing body can vote to pass the requested ordinance, and if they refuse, it is then submitted directly to the voters.

The following municipalities have adopted Mayor-Council system under the Faulkner Act.

(to be expanded)

Municipality County
Atlantic City Atlantic
Avalon Borough Cape May
Bayonne City Hudson
Berkeley Township Ocean
Brick Township Ocean
Bridgeton City Cumberland
Bridgewater Township Somerset
Burlington City Burlington
Burlington Township Burlington
Camden City Camden
Cherry Hill Township Camden
Clark Township Union
Delran Township Burlington
Denville Township Morris
Dover Township Ocean
East Brunswick Township Middlesex
Edison Township Middlesex
Elizabeth City Union
Florence Township Burlington
Gloucester Township Camden
Hamilton Township Mercer
Hawthorne Borough Passaic
Hoboken City Hudson
Irvington Township Essex
Jefferson Township Morris
Jersey City Hudson
Lincoln Park Borough Morris
Long Branch City Monmouth
Mahwah Township Bergen
Manchester Township Ocean
Marlboro Township Monmouth
Mine Hill Township Morris
Monroe Township Gloucester
Monroe Township Middlesex
Morristown Town Morris
Mount Olive Township Morris
Mullica Township Atlantic
Newark City Essex
New Brunswick City Middlesex
North Plainfield Borough Somerset
Ocean City Cape May
Old Bridge Township Middlesex
Orange City Township Essex
Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Morris
Passaic City Passaic
Paterson City Passaic
Pemberton Township Burlington
Perth Amboy City Middlesex
Phillipsburg Town Warren
Piscataway Township Middlesex
Rahway City Union
River Vale Township Bergen
Rockaway Township Morris
Saddle Brook Township Bergen
South Amboy City Middlesex
Spotswood Borough Middlesex
Tinton Falls Borough Monmouth
Trenton City Mercer
Vineland City Cumberland
Washington Township Bergen
Washington Township Gloucester
Wayne Township Passaic
West Orange Township Essex
Wildwood City Cape May
Woodbridge Township Middlesex

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