New Jersey 1802 Governor

Governor (State)
New Jersey 1802 Governor
New Jersey
First Ballot
Richard Stockton, Joseph Bloomfield
Candidates: Richard StocktonJoseph Bloomfield
Final Result: [1][2][3]2626
In convention2626


[1]"On Tuesday last the Members of the Legislature from the several Counties of this state, convened at the State-House in this city. ... On counting the votes for Governor, there appeared: For Joseph Bloomfield, 26. For Richard Stockton, 26. Consequently no choice was made. ... On Friday, a motion was made in the House of Assembly, by a Republican Member, that a message be sent to Council informing that body that the House were ready to go into a Joint-Meeting for the purpose of appointing a Governor and a Chief Justice. This motion was opposed by the Federal party in the House; and was defeated by their negativing the previous question. From present appearances, therefore, there is little room to expect that a Governor will be appointed this year.--In such case, the Vice-President [of the Council] is invested by the 8th section of the Constitution of New-Jersey with all the powers and attributes which attach to the office of Governor.--As the Vice-President is an inflexible Republican; and as the appointment of Senator, if not made by Joint-Meeting, will devolve upon him; the Republicans can lose nothing by the obstinacy of their opponents, but the pleasure of re-appointing their present Governor.--While any injury of inconvenience which may accrue to the state or to individuals from the want of a Governor, will be justly chargeable to the Federal party, who, without strength sufficient to appoint another, in the first instance prevented the re-appointment of the present Governor, and in the second refused even to allow an opportunity of making a choice." The True American (Trenton, NJ). November 1, 1802.
[2]"Extract of a letter from Trenton, to a Gentleman in this city, dated October 28, 1802. 'It is now well ascertained, this state is to go without a Governor. The business was fully tried this afternoon in joint meeting: when the votes were equally divided viz. 26 for Mr. Bloomfield, and the same number (26) for R. Stockton, Esquire. It is decidedly understood, that neither Party will yield; of course, there cannot be an Election.'" The Intelligencer, and Weekly Advertiser (Lancaster, PA). November 2, 1802.
[3]"Each having an equal number of votes, there was consequently no Governor chosen. The same division appeared on the question for electing a Senator .... The joint-meeting then broke up, without making a single appointment." The Centinel of Freedom (Newark, NJ). November 2, 1802.


The True American (Trenton, NJ). November 1, 1802.
The Centinel of Freedom (Newark, NJ). November 2, 1802.
The Intelligencer, and Weekly Advertiser (Lancaster, PA). November 2, 1802.

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