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.