(TRENTON) – New Jersey Assembly Judiciary Chairman John McKeon (D-Essex/Morris) released the following statement Monday after Gov. Christie vetoed legislation he sponsored to require presidential and vice presidential candidates to release their tax returns to appear on the New Jersey ballot and prohibit the state’s Electoral College electors from voting for candidates who fail to file income tax returns:
“Gov. Christie’s veto is sadly not surprising, nor is his grandstanding and childish rhetoric, but it’s still disappointing for the people of New Jersey.
“This much is clear – Gov. Christie is obsessed with protecting and showing allegiance to President Trump. This bill wasn’t about President Trump. 2016 is over. Donald Trump is the president. This bill was about going forward, yet all Gov. Christie can think about is his ally Donald Trump. Sad!
“The people of the United States deserve to know where presidential candidates earn their money. They deserve to know the business ties of those seeking the highest office in the land. They deserve to know to whom candidates owe money and why. This has and will continue to be about requiring transparency for those seeking the White House. Gov. Christie may not have signed it, but this debate will continue and hopefully the next governor will be more willing to do the right thing.”