Christie vetoes NJ bill seeking Trump tax returns

Christie vetoes NJ bill seeking Trump tax returns
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has vetoed a bill requiring President Trump to publish his tax returns before seeking reelection in the state.

“The hypocrisy and false outrage underlying this bill is stunning – even by Trenton standards,” he said in a statement accompanying Monday’s veto, according to Reuters.

Christie, who backed Trump in 2016 after suspending his own presidential campaign, called the legislation “politics at its worst.” The bill would have forced any candidate for president or vice president to release at least five years of returns in order to appear on the ballot in the state. 

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The New Jersey governor said the move is an unconstitutional “form of therapy” for Democrats unwilling to accept Trump’s election last year.

Reuters said New Jersey is one of at least 20 states considering similar legislation for a governor’s scrutiny.

New Jersey’s Democratic-controlled state legislature passed the bill in March, following Trump’s repeated refusals to publicly release his tax returns.

Trump has said he will not release the returns because he is under audit, and claims that reporters are the only ones who care about the issue. 

Trump said during an interview aired Sunday that he has been under audit essentially since he “became famous.”

“I mean, I have been under audit, I’ll bet you 12 or 13 or 14 years in a row,” he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation." "And I think it’s a very unfair thing because I have been under audit, almost, like, since I became famous, OK?”

The IRS has said that an audit does not prevent people from releasing their tax returns.