WHEREAS, New Jersey governors traditionally have issued Executive Orders granting
the day after Thanksgiving as a day off for employees in the Executive Departments
of State government; and
WHEREAS, I firmly believe that, as a matter of sound practice, days off should not be granted in this manner but should be either negotiated or statutorily authorized; and
WHEREAS, because the granting of a day off on the day after Thanksgiving has been a longstanding practice such that employees may have made plans based on the expectation that such a day off would be granted this year, that practice will not be changed for this year; and
WHEREAS, in the future I will not continue the practice of granting the day after Thanksgiving as a day off by Executive Order, and the determination of whether employees are able to treat the day after Thanksgiving as a paid day off will be made based on collective negotiations or statutory authorization;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JON S. CORZINE, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
- November 24, 2006, the day following Thanksgiving, shall be granted as a day off to employees who work in the Executive Departments of State Government and who are paid from State funds or from federal funds made available to the State, whose functions, in the opinion of their appointing authority, permit such absence.
- An alternate day shall be granted to the aforementioned category of employees whose functions, in the opinion of their appointing authority, precludes such absence on November 24, 2006.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 17th day of November,
Two Thousand and Six, and of the Independence of the United States, the Two Hundred and Thirty-First.
/s/ Jon S. Corzine
/s/ Kenneth H. Zimmerman
Chief Counsel to the Governor