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Posted on: April 14, 2023

Governor Signs EO Changing State Hiring Criteria

On Monday, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 327 to review current practices with the goal of expanding state job opportunities for New Jerseyans without college degrees. 

The Order directs the Civil Service Commission to identify job classifications that require college degrees and determine which are appropriate to revise in the State’s classification plan, prioritizing the practical skills and experiences needed to effectively serve the public over strict educational requirements. The Executive Order will open employment opportunities for a wide breadth of jobs offered by the State. 

Many municipalities have already completed a similar process. If your municipality has not, we encourage you to review the Executive Order to see if there is an opportunity to alter your employment hiring practices.

Contact: Paul Penna, Senior Legislative Analyst,, 609-695-3481, x110. 

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