Explain the origin, significance, and impact of the New Jersey Plan

The New Jersey Plan was a response to the Virginia Plan. Both plans called for a strong national with the three branches. The New Jersey Plan is a unicameral legislature where every state received one vote. It gives congress the power to raise revenue and regulate commerce. It is also called the small state plan.

The New Jersey Plan was presented at the constitutional convention by William Paterson. This proposal was made with the article of confederation. It proposed for the amendments of the articles of confederation. Under this plan, congress gets the right to collect taxes, elect federal executives. This plan offers to make new states as necessary. It also offers a state to prosecute a citizen who has committed any crime in other state.

Overall, the New Jersey Plan did not win the battle with the Virginia Plan. In the constitutional convention, it was rejected. But there are a few things that added to the Virginia Plan from this plan. It is known as the great compromise. Now each state has two senators whether the state is big or small, and that satisfies the New Jersey Plan.


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