The fourteenth state capitol I visited was in Trenton, New Jersey. The New Jersey State House has been home to the executive and legislative branches since 1792.
The original bell tower was replaced with an 80-foot dome in 1845. A fire destroyed the State House in 1885 and a 145-foot dome was built.
The General Assembly consists of 80 members, each representing about 105,000 people, elected every two years.
The Senate consists of 40 members, each representing about 210,000 people. Senators are elected in two and four year terms. Due to redistricting, term lengths rotate through three lengths, 2, 4, and 4 years. Elections are in years ending with a 1, 3, and 7.
In the Governor’s Reception Room is a podium used by the Governor when signing bills and making public addresses.