Governor Murphy and Democrats in the New Jersey Legislature are working hard to ensure that Cory Booker is our next President no matter if we want him or not. Who needs elections in what has become Soviet Jersey?
Back in November Governor Murphy signed legislation dubbed “Cory’s Law” allowing Cory “Spartacus” Booker to run for President and reelection to his Senate seat simultaneously. NJ A4674 (18R) sponsored by State Senate President Steve Sweeney states “This bill clarifies that a person may seek the offices of Member of the United States House of Representatives or United States Senator and President or Vice President simultaneously”. Republican state Chairman Doug Steinhardt called Democrats hypocritical for passing the law since some Democrats including State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg introduced legislation in 2015 that would have forced then Governor Chris Christie to resign if he ran for President. Now that Spartacus has decided to run for President Democrats, as they often do, have changed their collective minds.
So now it’s time for New Jersey Democrats to ensure that Spartacus wins the state. A bill currently before the New Jersey Legislature “Requires candidates for President and Vice-President of United States to disclose federal income tax returns to appear on ballot” and “prohibits Electoral College electors from voting for candidates who fail to file income tax returns”. The bill is clearly an attempt to keep President Trump off the ballot in New Jersey. Governor Christie vetoed a similar bill in 2017 saying the legislation was unconstitutional and that the bill’s supporters were Trump critics who are desperate. Since New Jersey now has a both a Democratic Governor and a Democratically controlled Legislature chances are good that the bill will pass.
Who needs elections in New Jersey? The Democrats in Trenton know what’s best for us. Please note sarcasm.
Why aren’t more people paying attention to what’s going on in this state? Why are Conservatives in New Jersey not speaking out. Why are we letting Murphy and the Democrat controlled Legislature get away with doing their best to ensure Booker or whichever Democrat wins the nomination runs unopposed New Jersey? Why aren’t more New Jerseyans mad as hell?
Is this legal? Based on the research I’ve done the answer is maybe. The only challenges to state’s rights to restrict qualified political candidates for federal office has been at the Congressional level. In the case of Powell v. McCormack in 1969 House members tried to exclude the elected Congressman from the legislature. Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote “in judging the qualifications of its members Congress is limited to the standing qualifications prescribed in the Constitution.” Since Powell met those qualifications, “the House was without power to exclude him from its membership,” the Court concluded.
In 1992 the State of Arkansas amended the state constitution barring candidates seeking a fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives or a third term in the U.S. Senate from having their names on the ballot. In Term Limits Inc. v. Thornton Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote “Allowing individual states to adopt their own qualifications for congressional service would be inconsistent with the Framers’ vision of a uniform national legislature representing the people of the United States”. Justice Stevens continued “If the qualifications set forth in the text of the Constitution are to be changed, that text must be amended.”
Given there is a Conservative majority on the Supreme Court today which has the potential to increase with rumors about Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s health the best case scenario is this bill makes it before the Court prior to the 2020 election.
I have been saying that Conservatives in New Jersey need to unite and energize. We must elected strong Republicans in New Jersey. Murphy must be voted out of office and the Democratic legislature must be stopped. Our futures, the futures of our children and the future of our state depends on it. There is no doubt that virtually one party rule is not working for the people of New Jersey.
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