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Hypocrites Gopal, Downey and Houghtaling vote to keep Trump off the 2020 ballot

Sen Vin Gopal, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey

Senator Vin Gopal voted with his Trenton Democrat cronies last week in voting in favor of legislation that would keep candidates for President and Vice President off the ballot in New Jersey unless they disclose five years of tax returns .  Gopal also voted against an amendment to the bill that would have it apply to himself and his fellow legislators and the governor.

Assembly Members Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling voted in favor of identical legislation—and against the amendment to have the bill apply to themselves—in 2017.

In his conditional veto of the 2017 bill, Governor Chris Christie said, “This transparent political stunt masquerading as a bill is politics at its worst.  This legislation would prohibit general election candidates for President and Vice-President from appearing on a ballot in New Jersey unless they file a copy of their federal income tax returns for the five most recent years with the Division of Elections and would also prohibit any elector from voting for President or Vice-President unless the candidate complies with the bill’s requirements.  This is clearly unconstitutional.  The United States Constitution sets the rules in this regard to prevent politics like this bill.”

If the Assembly passes the bill again, Governor Murphy could sign it into law and trigger a certain federal court challenge.

How do you feel about this legislation? Should the NJ Legislature decide the qualifications of candidates for President and Vice President?  If U.S. Senator Cory Booker is the Democrat nominee for President or Vice President, will the bill still apply?  Should State legislators and the Governor/Lt Governor also have to disclose their tax returns?  Call Gopal,  Downey and Houghtaling at 732-695-3371 and tell them what you think.

If Gopal disclosed his tax returns, we would probably learn how he financed the purchase of his Tinton Falls office building.  Maybe that’s why he voted against the amendment to the bill making it apply to himself as well as President Trump.

Posted: February 25th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News, NJ Democrats | Tags: , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

5 Comments on “Hypocrites Gopal, Downey and Houghtaling vote to keep Trump off the 2020 ballot”

  1. MAKE A DIFFERENCE said at 9:36 am on February 25th, 2019:

    MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF YOU LIVE IN LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 11 You Need To Call Assembly People Houghtaling & Downey – Here’s Their Phone Number > (732) 695-3371

    IF YOU ARE NOT SURE What Legislative District You Are In > Click This Link https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch.asp

  2. Nice try. said at 9:57 am on February 25th, 2019:

    Ridiculous, and probably, unconstitutional.

  3. Why oh said at 10:48 am on February 25th, 2019:

    why is Declan consistently listed as “Not Voting” on this? Was he out of town? Or would he have rather voted for yet another Democrat bill?

  4. Art Gallagher said at 11:02 am on February 25th, 2019:

    Senator O’Scanlon took an emergency trip out of the country to visit a gravely ill relative. That is why he did not vote on this bill.

    In 2017 he voted against the identical bill

  5. @Art Gallagher said at 10:09 am on February 26th, 2019:

    Thank you for the info. Good to know that he is against this. Prayers to him and his family.