December 23, 2009, SUSSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY — A “Committee to Recall U.S. Senator Robert Menendez,” sponsored by the Sussex County Tea Party, has announced plans to launch an effort to recall Senator Robert Menendez from his position in office. Helping to lead the charge is New Jersey Tea Parties United, the state’s grass-roots coalition of county and regional Tea Party groups representing several thousand members in support of fiscal responsibility, individual liberty and limited government.
The Committee filed a formal Notice of Intention to Recall with the Secretary of State’s office on September 25, 2009. While the office of the Secretary of State acknowledged receipt of the Committee’s Notice of Intention to Recall in a letter dated October 5, 2009, it has since provided no further communication. NJ state law requires that administrators respond either with an approval or with a notice of non-compliance stating the reasons within three business days of receiving the Notice, which was October 4, 2009. Since no response had been received, on November 25, 2009, the Committee filed a civil complaint in the Essex County Superior Court of New Jersey against Nina Mitchell Wells, Secretary of State and Robert F. Giles, Director of the Division of Elections, demanding that the defendants be ordered to immediately and forthwith comply with state law by issuing a response to the Committee’s Notice of Intention. To date, the Secretary of State has ignored the Notice and the Complaint in violation of state law, and the Committee is awaiting a decision from the court. For up to date information, go to: njrecallnow.blogspot.com , www.defendingamericanfreedom.com, or www.njteapartiesunited.org.
Once the notice is approved by the state or by court order, the Committee to Recall, along with NJ Tea Parties United will spearhead a large coordinated petition drive to collect signatures in support of a special recall election. NJ state law requires a minimum number of signatures equivalent to at least 25% of the prior general election’s registered voters in order to grant a special recall election.
Appointed to a special one-year term by Governor Jon Corzine in November 2005, Senator Robert Menendez was subsequently elected in 2006 during the mid-term election and has served in the US Senate for just over four years as a Democrat representing New Jersey. His term isn’t scheduled to end until January 2013. The Recall Committee and New Jersey Tea Parties United believe that Senator Menendez has sided with rigidly partisan politicians in his repeated votes for cloture on a variety of key bills, stifling public debate in the Senate and denying New Jersey citizens transparency. For example, the Senator voted down an amendment that would have prevented Medicare from being raided for new entitlements, and another that would have limited the government’s control over the health care of American families. During this difficult financial period when Americans are cutting their own budgets and trying to save every penny, Senator Menendez voted down proposals to remove from spending bills a number of extravagant, excessive multi-million dollar projects that offered little or no short-term economic benefits. When an amendment was proposed to transfer some of the country’s funding for the United Nations contributions to help offset the costs of providing assistance to family caregivers of our disabled veterans, he voted against it. And in one case, Senator Menendez voted against allowing each member of Congress and the Secretary of Defense to simply review the allocation of certain taxpayer funds.
One NJ Tea Party member put it this way,
“When NJ voters came out to the polls in November of 2008, they voted for the transparency and accountability that was promised. Rather than believe his own constituents who have desperately been trying to convey their wishes to him on health care reform without a government run option, he chooses to dismiss us, making public statements on the senate floor that our concerns are all nothing more than the greedy insurance companies lobbying to protect themselves.”
It is statements like this that have convinced the Committee, NJ Tea Parties United, and other tea party members that Senator Menendez is one of many elitists in government that are more concerned with promoting their own careers than doing what is right for the American people. Those spearheading this effort hope that this will be the first recall of many throughout the nation and that the Constitutional government of the United States can be restored to the American people, to whom it belongs.
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Sussex County Tea Party contact:
RoseAnn Salanitri, Founder (Branchville, NJ)
Phone: (973)948-8553, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Adriance, NJ Tea Parties United
Phone: 201-674-8031, Email: email@example.com
Dan Silberstein, Esq.
Phone: (732) 388-8600, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE FOR MEDIA: Sussex County Tea Party is leading the recall initiative. The Sussex group is a member of the statewide tea party coalition, NJ Tea Parties United (NJTPU), which is supporting the Sussex County Tea Party in its efforts. NJTPU member groups are listed below for reference.
NJTPU Member Groups/Websites:
Atlantic/Cape May Counties Tea Party
Bergen County Tea Party
Monmouth/Ocean County Tea Party
Morris County – The Morristown Tea Party
Passaic County – NNJ Tea Party
Sussex County Tea Party
Union County – Summit Tea Party
Warren County – Flemington Tea Party
Updates, Additional Press Releases and Court Documents
Update: Secretary of State Response Received 1/11/2010, see press release below dated 1/15
Court Document: Civil Suit (PDF) 12/2/2009 [Civil suit and Motion for Summary Judgment previously scheduled for Feb. 5th, 2010 now moot due to Secretary of State decision of January 11th)
Court Document: Judge’s order (PDF) 1/14/2010 on application to file an emergent motion
Essex County Conservative Examiner/Terry Hurlbut: Senator Menendez targeted for recall
Essex County Conservative Examiner/Terry Hurlbut: Summary judgment asked in Menendez recall effort
PolitickerNJ: Tea Party Group Wants to recall Menendez