N.J. Makes Final Push for Presidential Candidate Tax Filings

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By Leslie A. Pappas

Gov. Chris Christie (R) now controls the fate of a New Jersey effort to force candidates to release their tax returns in U.S. presidential elections.

The New Jersey Assembly on March 16 passed a bill ( A. 4520/ S. 3048) that would prevent names of candidates for president or vice president to be printed on New Jersey ballots unless the candidates file with the state their federal tax returns for at least the five most recent taxable years.

New Jersey is the first state Legislature to pass such a measure, which is being considered by lawmakers in 23 other states, according to the most recent data from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The Assembly passed the bill by a 49-25 vote March 16. The Senate approved the bill 24-11on March 13. Both chambers are controlled by Democrats.

The bill would require candidates to file copies of their five most recent federal income tax returns with the state’s elections boards no later than 50 days before the general election. The bill would also forbid the state’s Electoral College electors from voting for candidates who haven’t disclosed their federal income tax returns.

“We generally do not discuss pending or proposed legislation until a final bill has reached the office and we have had ample opportunity to thoroughly review it,” Christie spokesman Brian Murray told Bloomberg BNA March 16.

To contact the reporter on this story: Leslie A. Pappas in Philadelphia at LPappas@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Ryan C. Tuck at rtuck@bna.com

For More Information

A list of bills in other state legislatures is at http://src.bna.com/m5a.

Text of A. 4520/S. 3048 is at http://src.bna.com/m4Q.

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