Bill requiring presidential candidates to disclose tax returns passes state Senate

A bill requiring presidential candidates to disclose tax

A bill requiring presidential candidates to disclose tax returns in order to appear on the New Jersey ballot passes the state Senate. The bill was inspired by President Donald Trump's refusal to release his tax returns during his presidential campaign. (Credit: File photo)

TRENTON - President Donald Trump might not make it on the ballot in 2020 in New Jersey if he doesn't disclose his tax returns.

The Democrat-led state Senate on Monday passed the legislation inspired by the Republican president's failure to disclose his tax returns during the campaign. The measure requires presidential and vice presidential candidates to release five years' worth of federal tax returns in order to appear on the state's ballot.

Trump broke with nearly four decades of tradition by failing to release his tax returns during the campaign. Democrats have used the issue to raise questions about what might be in the documents.

The bill now goes to the Democrat-led Assembly for its consideration. If the measure is passed there, it would head to Republican Gov. Chris Christie's desk.

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