Americans have a right to see Trump’s tax returns. Perhaps the pathological liar isn’t as wealthy as he says, or perhaps there are suspicious irregularities and foreign entanglements on the documents. The former would be embarrassing, the latter downright treasonous.
Lawmakers have decided to force Trump’s hand.
The New Jersey state legislature passed a bill requiring all presidential candidates to release their tax returns from the past five years at a minimum. Chris Christie, governor of the state and loyal Trump toady, just vetoed the bill.
Christie claims he exercised his veto power because the bill was a “transparent political stunt.” What’s more transparent is Christie’s real reason. He’s looking to score cheap points with Trump by keeping valuable information from the American electorate. Even if he was correct, and the bill was a political stunt, that would have no bearing on the legislation’s merit. He offers no substantive reason why he killed the bill.
Democrat John McKeon, a state assemblyman, released a statement condemning Christie: “This much is clear: Governor Christie is obsessed with protecting and showing allegiance to President Trump. Sad!”
Trump previously promised that he would release the returns after the completion of a “routine audit.” It was a boldfaced lie. The IRS released a statement that the auditing had no effect on Trump’s ability to release his tax returns, and that he was fully permitted to share them if he wanted to.
Just last week, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin announced that Trump has no intention of releasing his taxes to the public.
By denying crucial information to American voters Christie has shown just how little respect he has for democracy. Luckily for New Jersey, he leaves office in January.