NJ lawmakers delay vote on election spending limits

New Jersey lawmakers have postponed a vote on a resolution intended to amend the U.S. Constitution in a bid to rein in the influence of money in politics.The state Senate was expected to consider the matter Monday, but the vote was scrapped because several supporters were not present.

The resolution would petition Congress to hold a constitutional convention to address the issue.Supporters fear that money has become a corrosive influence on the election process since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision.

Congress can amend the Constitution if two-thirds of the House and Senate approve a measure, or if a convention called for by two-thirds of legislatures proposes amendments.

In both cases, three-quarters of the states must ratify the amendment.

The convention method has never been used.

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