After this story was posted, Reps. Andy Kim (D-Bordentown) and Albio Sires (D-West New York) joined calls for Trump’s impeachment. This story was updated to reflect those developments at 7:44 p.m. It was updated again at 9:36 p.m., after Reps. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) and Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) did the same.
Every Democrat in New Jersey’s congressional delegation is on board with impeaching President Donald Trump after he goaded supporters into an assault on the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.
“I’m joining Representatives Cicilline, Lieu, and Raskin on this straightforward impeachment resolution,” Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) said Thursday. “The president encouraged a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol to prevent Congress from doing its job. This unprecedented in American history and must never be repeated.”
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) was the first in the state to call for the president’s removal. She did so Wednesday afternoon.
Those calls were echoed Thursday by Reps. Donald Norcross (D-Camden), Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch), Albio Sires (D-West New York), Donald Payne Jr. (D-Newark), Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), Andy Kim (D-Bordentown), Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-Newark), who urged Trump’s cabinet to remove him under the 25th Amendment.
“President Trump has proven that he’s willing to incite violence and endanger our country’s democracy. He poses a clear and imminent threat to our country,” Pallone said. “For the safety of all Americans, he should be removed as quickly as possible through any legal means necessary.”
Each of them voted to impeach Trump in 2019. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-North Bergen), who has yet to weigh in, voted to convict Trump on those two articles of impeachment.
Reps. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton) and Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) opposed the first articles of impeachment, and Van Drew is likely to remain in the president’s corner. He was one of more than 100 House Republicans to object to an electoral vote tally confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory early Thursday morning.
Because Trump has just 13 days remaining in his term, it’s not likely lawmakers will be able to remove him from office, even assuming there’s enough support for his removal in the Senate — that’s not an easy assumption, even after Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol.
But if Trump is impeached and the Senate votes to convict, they can bar him from holding public office in the future.