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The New Jersey Plan was proposed by William Paterson in response to the Virginia Plan. The Virginia Plan wanted Congress to be based on population; states with larger populations would have more representation. Those states with small populations were against this idea. Their solution was the New Jersey Plan, which would give equal representation to all states. Both the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan were not accepted. Instead, the Connecticut Plan, or the Great Compromise, was adopted. This created two branches in Congress. The Senate, which reflected the New Jersey Plan and gave equal representation to all states, and the House of Representatives, which reflected the Virginia Plan and gave representation to states based on population.

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The New Jersey Plan was a proposal for the US Constitution. It was focused on insuring that small states got an equal share of representation in the government. In the final compromise, the New Jersey Plan served as the model for the current US Senate, every state has the same representation, regardless of size and population

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13y ago

No one knows, its just a jersey thing I guess

The New Jersey plan was developed to help small states gain equal representation in Congress. It said that each state will get 2 senators in Congress.

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The New Jersey Plan favored small states and gave them the same rights as the bigger states.

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back then new jersey had little pop. so equal representation was better

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