UPDATE: The legislature is also voting on whether to repeal a tax on botox and other elective surgeries today, reports NJ Spotlight. Coincidence?
If a new law is voted in today, marrying in haste will be easier than ever. A-4266/s-3122 , proposed by Assembly Majority Leader-Select Louis Greenwald (D-Camden) and Senator Nicholas Scutari (D-Union) on 29 November, would abolish the need to wait the mandatory 72 hours and file in the municipality where one of the partners lives.
Their goal for the law is to “invigorate the state’s wedding market.” The waiting period was established in 1934, and makes it cumbersome for those who wish to wed at an out of state location (or come here to get hitched from out of state). New Jerseyans can now file for a civil or marriage license in the municipality where the wedding ceremony will be held. Greenwald says the bill will “create jobs and jump-start the small businesses that make up New Jersey’s wedding and tourism industry.”
New Jersey would join Connecticut and Rhode Island as one of the three Northeastern state with no waiting period.
Jeff Edelstein in “The Trentonian” writes “expect to see a chapel-building boom in Atlantic City, and with it, a rise in Elvis impersonators who double as ordained ministers.”
What do you think? Would A-4266/s-3122 help New Jersey unemployment? Would quickie weddings be good for the state?