On March 16, the New Jersey legislature passed SB 3048, which adds a ballot access restriction for presidential candidates in the general election. Presidential candidates must file copies of their personal income taxes for the proceding five years, or they cannot have their names on the ballot. Also, presidential electors are not permitted to vote for anyone for president who has not filed his or her income tax returns.
Here is a copy of the bill. Most observers expect the bill to be vetoed by Governor Chris Christie. If it becomes law, it will almost surely be challenged in court. The U.S. Supreme Court already ruled in U.S. Term Limits v Thornton that neither states, nor Congress, may add to the U.S. constitutional requirements for eligibility for congress, which include age and residency. The Constitution also has age and residency requirements for president. The argument that the states can add qualifications for president, but not Congress, is not logically consistent nor convincing.
In 1992 the Texas Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Lyndon LaRouche could not be kept off the Democratic presidential primary just because because he was a felon.
The part of the bill that tells presidential electors whom they can or cannot vote for will stand or fall on the four pending federal lawsuits filed by Democratic presidential electors last year, over whether they had the right to vote for someone other than Hillary Clinton in the electoral college in December.