Tuesday, March 16, 2010

NJ Court rules Tea Party can go ahead with petition to recall Senator Menedez

Now this is what I call taking action. Two Tea Parties here in NJ are trying to have US Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) recalled because he votes for too much spending. 
From NJ Online: [...] A state appellate panel today ruled New Jersey's secretary of state must accept a petition a citizens group filed to recall U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez.
The court stayed with its decision to allow Menendez (D-N.J.) to appeal itsruling.
NJ Tea Parties United and the Sussex County Tea Party have said they want Menendez, (D-N.J.) recalled from office because he votes for too much government spending.
The case — which puts the state in the unusual position of arguing against its own law and calling part of its constitution unconstitutional — began last fall after then-Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells rejected the committee’s notice that it intended to begin a recall effort against Menendez. The removal process requires the secretary of state to approve such a notice before a recall committee can begin generating petitions.
After the notice is approved, the committee then must secure the signatures of 25 percent of registered voters of the affected district before a recall election can be held. There were 5.2 million registered voters in November, meaning the committee would have to secure 1.3 million signatures. [...]
The question here is whether or not New Jersey citizens have the right to recall a US senator. I say yeah, we put him in there in the first place. However, that is the next legal hurdle to overcome. In the meantime the Tea Parties can go ahead with collecting signatures. 

I will be watching this very closely. As soon as the petition becomes available, I am signing it and will post all links here for my New Jersey readers. If there is any possibility of ridding ourselves of a congressional spendthrift, we should take it.


Janelle said...

Vote them in and out, on a regular basis. Focus, people. Elected officials do not deserve more than one term in office and they certainly do not deserve a pension for being elected for a term.

The Conservative Lady said...

Thanks for the info. As a former NJ resident, we have lots of friends in NJ and I forwarded your post to all of them.

Sparky said...

That is indeed good news! Hurray for New Jersey. They just moved up several notches in my Opinion Book. Thanks for passing this along!
God bless.
Sparky @ Reluctant Patriot

celine712 said...

As you say Janelle..In and out was the original intent...not these lifers...GEEZ! These cushy lives they lead is a far cry from poor Mary Todd Lincoln who used her own money to buy drapes for the White House. Then Congress push, kicked her out when poor old Abe passed away and made no provisions for her living expenses. W

Clifton B said...


You are winning me over to term limits. I don't think any lawmaker should be given a pension either. It is a luxury we cannot afford.

Clifton B said...


Excellent! I will keep up on this story, I would love to see Menedez go bye-bye. If it works, we could also send Lautenberg to an early retirement as well.

Clifton B said...


Things are looking up here in NJ. First Chris Criste turns out to be a budget cutting Paul Bunyon and now this. Yippee!

Clifton B said...


Ah the good old days! We need to get back to the point where serving in Congress was a duty not an occupation.

Bastiat Fan said...

Good job you folks in New Jersey! And I'm with you, Clifton--I've never favored term limits, but I think I'm changing my mind. There's a reason people will spend $2 million to get a job that pays about $140k a year, and it's not that they want to actually "serve" (with rare exceptions.) Take away all the perks and let's get back to a "citizen legislature," like the founders intended.

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