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New Jersey passes bill forcing presidential possibility to release tax returns

In this Wednesday, March 8, 2017 photo, Hawaii state Rep. Chris Lee, right, and state Sen. Karl Rhoads talk about why they introduced legislation to require presidential candidates to release tax returns in Honolulu. Similar bills were introduced in more than 20 states, and Hawaii and New Jersey recently became the first states in which the bills passed out of legislative chambers. Some legal scholars question the constitutionality of states setting restrictions on presidential candidates, saying that is left to the US Constitution. AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)

New Jersey lawmakers this week passed legislation that would compel any presidential and vice-presidential candidates to reveal their government assessment forms with a specific end goal to show up in the state’s polls beginning in 2020, the Wall Street Journal announced Friday.

The bill was approved by the Democratic-controlled state legislature along party divisions and anticipates a signature from Gov. Chris Christie, an ally of President Trump. Christie’s office has not yet made an official statement on the legislation.

The bill was roused by Trump, who declined to release his tax returns on the campaign trail and since entering the office, breaking with years of race custom.

If the bill is enacted, Electoral College voters wouldn’t have the capacity to make a choice for any competitor who didn’t reveal their tax returns.

State legislators the nation over have begun debating new measures that would require hopefuls running for president to openly unveil their expense forms to meet all requirements for the ballot.

New Mexico, Hawaii, Oregon, and California are pursuing similar bills.

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