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Civil Service Commission | NJ First Act

Governor Chris Christie • Lt.Governor Kim Guadagno

The “New Jersey First Act”, effective September 1, 2011, contains new residency requirements for public officers and employees.

The “New Jersey First Act,” , N.J.S.A. 52:14-7 (L. 2011, Chapter 70) effective September 1, 2011, contains new residency requirements for public officers and employees, unless exempted under the law. Current, new or prospective employees should be aware of the following:

Effective September  1, 2011, all employees of State and local government must reside in the State of New Jersey, unless exempted under the law.  If you already work for State or local government as of September  1,  2011, and you do not live in New Jersey, you are not required to move to New Jersey.  However, if you begin your office, position or employment on September  1,  2011 or later, you must reside in New Jersey.  If you do not reside in New Jersey, you have one year after the date you take your office, position or employment to relocate your residence to New Jersey.  If you do not do so, you are subject to removal from your office, position or employment. 

Review key points of the NJ First Act with Civil Service Commission Chair/CEO Robert M. Czech.

View current civil service regulations on residence standards.

Application for Exemption from residency requirement

If you have questions concerning the submission of your application, please call (609) 777-2960 or write to:

Employee Residency Review Committee
c/o Office of Legal and Regulatory Services
NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development
PO Box 110
Trenton, NJ 08625-0110

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