Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt beat up on New Jersey Democrats tonight, taking aim at what he called a consistent pattern of ethics issues.
Steinhardt, a possible candidate for the 2021 GOP nomination for governor, went through a laundry list of problems for Democrats: U.S. Senator Bob Menendez being severely admonished by the Senate Ethics Committee; Gov. Phil Murphy defending the hiring of a former Passaic councilman who was convicted of accepting bribes; congressional candidates Andy Kim and Tom Malinowski, who have been accused – not necessarily fairly – of taking tax breaks on their Washington, D.C. homes; and Burlington Democratic freeholder candidate George Youngkin, who suspended his campaign last week after a local newspaper reported that he had been arrested on domestic violence charges.
MoreMonmouthMusings.com reported the latest issue today: that Josh Welle, who is running against Chris Smith in New Jersey’s 4th district, owes more than $130,000 in delinquent taxes for a business he ran, and that he didn’t report it on his personal financial disclosure with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Welle campaign did immediately return an 8:16 PM call seeking comment.
“There is an ethical void among New Jersey Democrats,” said Steinhardt. “It starts all the way at the top with corrupt Senator Bob Menendez and Governor Phil Murphy and trickles all the way down. Bob Menendez is patient zero of the corruption flu and he’s coughing all over candidates like Josh Welle.”