The statue of Abraham Lincoln at the State House in Trenton, New Jersey, has been the subject of debate for years.
But now the state Senate has voted to put the granite statue in its own special exhibit.
The statue is currently housed in the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
In an effort to avoid an all-out fight, a group of lawmakers, including state Sens.
Kevin O’Brien and John Molinelli, introduced a bill Tuesday to rename the statue after Nelson Mandela, who died in 1994.
O’Byrne and Molinell said they are not sure which statue they would choose, but they did say that they are considering whether to rename one of the statues in honor of Nelson Mandela.
The bill passed the House of Representatives and the Senate Tuesday.
It is currently in the hands of the governor’s office, which will then decide whether to sign or veto the bill.
Overnight updates: A state official says the governor will sign the bill into law.
The New Jersey Senate voted to rename Nelson Mandela’s statue in tribute to Nelson Mandela on Tuesday.
The New Jersey State Assembly on Tuesday approved a bill that would rename the state’s statue of Nelson Lincoln to honor the late South African leader and political prisoner.
The bill would rename Nelson Lincoln’s statue to honor Nelson Mandela in memory of the late Nelson Mandela after he died in February 1994.
The state Senate on Tuesday voted to approve the bill, according to a news release from the Legislative Assembly.
The Assembly has until June 12 to pass the bill by a two-thirds vote.