TRENTON, NJ -- Responding to the news that the Trump campaign is suing New Jersey over mail-in voting, Gov. Phil Murphy went on the offensive during his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton today.

“Vote-by-mail is not new in New Jersey and takes on the added importance of protecting both public health and the right to vote during a deadly pandemic that has already taken more than 14,000 lives in our state,” Murphy said. “The Trump campaign is embarking on a brazen attempt to sow fear and confusion, and to delegitimize our elections and cast doubt on our democratic process.”

“Let me be clear: Vote-by-mail in the November election will keep people safe. Our plans for November will move forward,” Murphy said. “Vote-by-mail has been used extensively across the country – including in the five states that almost exclusively use vote-by-mail for every election.”

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President Trump clearly disagrees. His lawsuit detailed circumstances of voter fraud in New Jersey, including the recent primary election in Paterson, in which two councilmen have charged with voting improprieties.

In June, TAPintoPaterson reported: First Ward Councilman Jackson, Third Ward Councilman Mendez charged with voting fraud.

Trump’s lawsuit claims that Democrats have engaged in a "hurried transition to universal vote-by-mail, eliminate voter-identification requirements, and remove other existing safeguards."

The governor created a system that will violate eligible citizens’ right to vote. By ordering universal vote-by-mail, he has created a recipe for disaster. Fraudulent and invalid votes dilute the votes of honest citizens and deprive them of their right to vote in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment. - Trump Campaign lawsuit vs. New Jersey

“This goes far beyond attempts at weaponizing the U.S. Postal Service to disenfranchise voters. This is now becoming a full-throated propaganda campaign to undermine the election itself,” said Murphy, who pointed out that the President votes by mail.

“This is very different than universal mail-in ballots, which would be a total disaster for our country,” Trump maintains.

“If vote-by-mail is good enough for the President, it’s good enough for us,” Murphy said. “We will defend our rights vigorously, and we will not back down. Bring it on.”

The governor said that New Jersey’s efforts to expand participation through vote-by-mail have been ongoing for years, and have proven successful in election after election – just as it did last month, when we had the second-highest primary turnout in state history despite an ongoing public health emergency.

“Let me make an unequivocal statement: Our democracy is stronger and fairer when all voters have the right to not just cast a ballot, but to cast that ballot in confidence,” Murphy said. “The sanctity of our democratic processes must be – and will be – preserved.”