Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) released the following statement expressing their shared belief that all legal votes need to be counted in the presidential election:
Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano said all legal votes need to be counted in the presidential election. (SenateNJ.com)
“President Donald Trump and his legal team have every right to question the ballot counting process and ask for recounts in certain states. We believe that all legal votes need to be counted to protect our democracy and ensure that this was a free and fair election for all.
“We are extremely concerned that before that process has been completed, the media has already declared a winner. We note that the media went out of its way in 2000 to not declare George W. Bush the winner of the presidential election until mid-December when it was the Democrats and Al Gore who were contesting election results. Funny how the rules are different now.
“For months, our delegation warned our Democrat colleagues of the serious risks of flooding both New Jersey and the nation with mail-in ballots. We could foresee inconsistencies, errors and fraud that could take place in a system such as this. Now we are seeing the impact of this and the uncertainty it has caused in many places.
“We have heard from our constituents that they want an honest count of the votes they cast and for any legal concerns raised by the candidates to play out in court. Anything less will shake their faith in our democracy.”