New Jersey Plan

  • Unicameral legislature (representation based on equality)
  • Current Congress would be maintained with new powers granted.
  • Executive Branch: elected by congress, would serve a single term and could be recalled by State governors.
  • Judicial Branch: life time service, appointed by executives
The small states opposed the Virginia Plan, since it would have given overwhelming power to a few large states. They banded together and presented the New Jersey Plan, which called for a single body of Congress in which each state would be equally represented.