New Jersey Senate passes bill to keep President Trump off 2020 ballot unless he releases tax returns

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 21: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a reception in the East Room of the White House February 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. The reception was held in honor of National African American History Month. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

TRENTON, N.J. — President Donald Trump could miss out on being on the 2020 ballot in New Jersey if he doesn’t disclose his tax returns under a bill now advancing.

The Democratic-led state Senate passed legislation Thursday inspired by the Republican president’s failure to disclose his tax returns.

The measure requires presidential and vice presidential candidates to release five years of federal tax returns to appear on the state’s ballot.

Trump broke with decades of tradition by refusing to release his income tax filings during his 2016 campaign. He said it was because he is being audited.

Democrats have used the issue to raise questions about what might be in the documents.

The bill goes to the Democratic-led Assembly. If the measure is passes there, it would head to Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie previously vetoed the legislation.

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