New Jersey passes bill requiring presidential candidates to release tax returns

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Legislators in New Jersey passed a bill this week that would require presidential and vice-presidential candidates to disclose their federal tax returns in order to be included on the state’s ballots beginning in 2020.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the bill was approved in New Jersey’s Democratic-controlled state legislature by a party-line vote. Governor Chris Christie, an ally of President Trump, must now sign or veto the bill. Christie has not yet released a statement regarding his stance on the legislation.

Trump motivated New Jersey lawmakers to draft the bill by refusing to release his tax returns during the 2016 presidential campaign and since entering office, bucking years of election tradition.

Should lawmakers enact the bill, Electoral College voters would not be allowed to cast a vote for any candidate whose tax returns had not been disclosed.

Legislators in state houses across the country, including New Mexico, Hawaii, Oregon, and California, are debating similar new laws that would require presidential candidates to publicly disclose their tax returns to qualify for the ballot.

H/T: The Hill

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