Democrats are working on a new and sure-fire way to defeat President Donald Trump in 2020.
New Jersey Democrats are reviving a controversial effort to force President Donald Trump to release his tax returns or be denied a spot on the state’s 2020 ballot.
The state Senate on Thursday approved a bill — which the Legislature passed once before, in 2017, but which then-Gov. Chris Christie blocked by issuing a scathing veto — that would prohibit candidates for president and vice president from appearing on the ballot unless they make their tax returns public.
A spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, D-Middlesex, said the speaker would consult with his caucus about holding votes on the bill. Murphy’s office declined to comment when asked about the governor’s position on the measure.
New Jersey’s bill and the others like it, introduced in most cases by Democratic lawmakers angered by Trump’s refusal to disclose information about his personal finances, have touched off a heated national debate over the constitutionality and appropriateness of such a law.
“It is so obvious with this president that had voters known some of what seem to be his business interests, he may not have been elected president,” NJ Sen. Loretta Weinberg told NorthJersey.com.
But not every Democrat is on board with such a proposal citing how simple it would be for abuse.
“Five years of health records? A certified birth certificate? High school report cards? And will these requirements vary depending on which political party is in power?” he said.
John Carbone, a New Jersey attorney, said that the law would not be Constitutional which means that it would likely be stopped by The Supreme Court.
“It’s just political pandering,” the attorney from Carbone & Faasse told NorthJersey.com when asked about the proposed law.
“They can impose no requirements for a candidate for federal office, let alone president,” he said.
“They’re thinking like Alabama Democrats during the Civil War: What can we do to get Lincoln?” he said.