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“New Jersey First Act” (P.L. 2011, c. 70)

Residency Requirements for Public Employees


The new law establishes new residency requirements for all public employees and officers at all levels and types of New Jersey government agencies: "Effective September 1, 2011, all employees of State and local government must reside in the State of New Jersey, unless exempted under law. If you already work for a 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 as long as there is no more than a seven day break in employment. However, if you begin your employment on September 1, 2011 or later, you must reside in New Jersey. If you are offered a position and 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."

This new law is a requirement of all public and state employees (includes public school districts).

If you are a new employee (start date of 9/1/11 or later) and live outside of New Jersey, you must relocate your residence to New Jersey. You will have one year to complete your relocation. You will need to make an appointment with the Human Resources office to have your new driver's license with your New Jersey address verified.

If you are a current employee and plan to relocate out of New Jersey, you must request an exemption from the state. According to this new law, without an exemption, you will be released from employment with our school district.