TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie has signed into law bills that repeal very old, derogatory state statutes containing outdated language regarding women’s status.
Among those statues that will be repealed under the new law, S-2665/A-3841, are the “Married Women’s Property Acts,” which were first enacted in the 1800s and represented an advance for women’s rights at the time because they allowed married women to own, control, and dispose of property. Prior to the statutes’ enactment, the common law had imposed restrictions on married women’s legal and property rights.
“These statutes are no longer needed since there is no question today that married women have equal rights to property,” said Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, (D-37), Bergen, one of the sponsors. “This is about making our laws reflect the times.”