Chiaravalloti posts measure to rescind previous calls from N.J. for a Constitutional Convention


Outgoing Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31) has posted a concurrent resolution to rescind previous calls from the New Jersey to Congress seeking a Constitutional Convention.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Article V of the United States Constitution declares two ways to propose amendments to the Constitution. An amendment may be proposed by a two-thirds vote of both Houses of Congress or, if two-thirds of the states across the nation call for a constitutional convention,” Chiaravalloti said in a statement.

“The United States Constitution has been amended 27 times but never through a Constitutional Convention. In fact, the last Constitutional Convention was in 1787 – at which time the current U.S. Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation. Many states, including New Jersey, have passed previous applications calling for an Article V Convention, however the number of applications nationwide has never met the 34-State threshold.”

Chiaravalloti, whose term expires at the end of the year, introduced the concurrent resolution (ACR-222) on December 2nd, which was sponsored by outgoing Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) in the upper house.

The state legislature most recently supported a Constitutional Convention in 2015 as part of an effort to overturn the 2010 Citizens United vs. FEC decision that prohibits the government from limiting independent expenditure/super PAC spending for political campaigns.

“I know you will hear from members of the public that will advocate against this Resolution for purposes of overturning Citizens United. Remember, an Article V Constitutional Convention is not limited in scope,” Chiaravalloti added.

“Therefore, although I agree with their desire, the reality is that we as representatives of New Jersey cannot allow this noble desire to be hijacked to attack the Constitution.”

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  1. The convention does not ratify anything, therefore it’s erroneous to believe it can attack the Constitution. There is nothing that can be proposed that would actually “attack” the Constitution that would also find favor with 7 out of 10 Americans. In other words, the politician is another attempting to play dumb, as if the solution is dangerous.