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A U.S. Postal Service truck spotted picking up mailboxes in Morristown, New Jersey on August 15, 15, 2020. Photo courtesy of Yale Levey.

Sherrill will probe photo of mailbox removal

USPS pickup truck carrying mailboxes spotted in Morristown

By David Wildstein, August 15 2020 11:29 pm

Update — On Sunday, Sherrill tweeted: “My office has reached out to Mayor Dougherty and the USPS District Office. It is unclear how many post boxes have been removed, but Mayor Dougherty said that at least one post box has been replaced. Will continue to provide more information as we have it.”

A photograph taken Saturday morning in Morristown of a U.S. Postal Service pickup truck carrying several mailboxes has caught the attention of Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair).

“My office will be investigating,” Sherrill said.  “I’m not going to sit by while the USPS — an essential service — is systematically dismantled here in NJ and around the country.”

The siting of postal officials removing mailboxes in Morris County could be nothing more than regular maintenance, but the current controversy around President Donald Trump’s moves to curtail mail delivery services have the public on heightened alert.

The U.S. Postal Service did not immediately respond to a 5:41 PM email seeking comment.

On Friday, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Paterson) requested that a state grand jury investigate whether a statement by Trump that he is holding back funding to the U.S. Postal Service to inhibit the delivery of vote-by-mail ballots is a form of election tampering. 

Pascrell’s criminal referral was sent to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

Editor’s note: By coincidence, the individual who took the photograph in Morristown on Saturday morning is related to the NJ Globe editor whose byline appears on this story.  This story was updated on August 16 at 1:31 PM.

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