The Repeal of the Death Penalty in New Jersey

Posted: 7 May 2009

Date Written: April 14, 2008


Luncheon address:

Repeal of the death penalty required political moral leadership, not a search for popularity in opinion polls. Many worked on this issue and analyzed it from many points of view. For me taking a life for a life was the basic moral issue. Others concluded that practical considerations counseled its repeal. For some it was the risk of executing an innocent that drove the decision.

But whatever the reasons we have reason to be proud of New Jersey today. Our work is not done. New Jersey is only one state. We need to take the enthusiasm, the intellect and the momentum we have and take it beyond the State of New Jersey and see what we can really do. As Martin Luther King said “Man must evolve for all human conflict a method of resolution which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation.”

Suggested Citation

Corzine, Jon, The Repeal of the Death Penalty in New Jersey (April 14, 2008). Seton Hall Legislative Journal, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2008, Available at SSRN:

Jon Corzine (Contact Author)

Governor of New Jersey

United States

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