State leaders demand answers after USPS mailboxes seen hauled away in Morristown

In a televised interview last week, President Donald Trump admitted to blocking funding that would help the post office handle the increased number of mail-in ballots expected leading up to Election Day.

News 12 Staff

Aug 17, 2020, 2:08 AM

Updated 1,345 days ago

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A Democratic congresswoman from New Jersey is demanding answers after post office boxes were hauled away in Morristown, which she says makes it more difficult for people to send mail.
A picture snapped by a Morristown resident shows United States Postal Service mailboxes being carted away.
After similar pictures surfaced nationwide and public outcry, the post office says they will suspend the removal of the boxes, but Rep. Mikie Sherrill says she is still demanding an explanation.
"It is incredibly concerning. We have been hearing all the problems with the postal system and the postmaster general, trying to upend our postal system, removing sorting machines and now mailboxes in, so I don't think we have a really clear idea of what is going on, why it has happened now," says Sherrill.
Gov. Phil Murphy announced the election in New Jersey will primarily be held thru the mail.
In a televised interview last week, President Donald Trump admitted to blocking funding that would help the post office handle the increased number of mail-in ballots expected leading up to Election Day – which Democrats are characterizing as an effort to create chaos and help his chances of winning.
Congressman Bill Pascrell, from New Jersey, says he has made a criminal referral to the attorney general.
He is asking for a wide ranging investigation and to gather a grand jury to consider criminal indictments against Trump, the US postmaster, who did a Trump ally and GOP fundraiser, and members of the United States postal service board of governors.
In a tweet citing delayed mailing of diabetes medication from the V.A. to a veteran, congressman Pascrell said, "Trump and republicans are delaying life-saving medicines to elderly veterans to destroy the Post Office and rig the election. The Republican party is unfit to govern and a threat to your life."
 
Assembly Republican Leader John Bramnick says, "We can safely allow people to vote at their polling location this November. I will be introducing a bill to conduct full, in-person voting this November with proper safety precautions in place."
Voters who do not want to vote in-person can still request to vote-by-mail.
News 12 reached out to GOP leaders asking about the removal of post office boxes but hasn't heard back.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Sunday night she is calling back the House this week to vote on a bill that would prohibit the Postal Service from making any changes before the election.


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