NJ Lawmakers Delay Vote on Rare Congress Petition

TRENTON (AP) -

New Jersey lawmakers postponed a vote on a resolution that would have petitioned Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution in a bid to rein in the influence of money in politics.

The resolution would ask Congress to hold a constitutional convention after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision said that limiting how much money people could spend to publicize political issues is unconstitutional.

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.