KEARNY, NJ – Joined by one of his House colleagues, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. chastised US Postal Service officials for refusing to allow them to inspect the Dominic V. Daniels Processing and Distribution Center to assess USPS’s ability to carry out New Jersey’s ongoing all-vote-by-mail election.

“The refusal of USPS officials to allow us to inspect the Daniels facility is a disgrace and it is completely illegal,” Pascrell, who spoke from outside the Kearny facility alongside Representatives Tom Malinowski (D-NJ-07), on Monday, said. Reflecting that he visited the same space in the lead up to the 2018 election, Pascrell saved his harshest words for U.S. Postmaster Louis DeJoy whom he said should “be hauled before a criminal grand jury for what he’s done.”

“This isn’t Area 51 – our congressional delegation must have access to see if USPS can handle the millions of ballots being cast this election. And New Jerseyans have a right to know if their votes are secure,” Pascrell said. “This isn’t politics: it’s about protecting our democracy from Trump and DeJoy’s arson.”

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On September 30, just over a month after he called for a criminal investigation into what Pascrell said were attempts by DeJoy and President Donald Trump to subvert the elections, the veteran lawmaker led members of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation in a letter demanding an emergency visit to the Daniels Center in Kearny and requesting information on USPS’s ability to carry out New Jersey’s all vote-by-mail general election.

Earlier this month Reps. Pascrell, Sires, and Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ-11) called for the USPS Inspector General to open a new probe into the habitually abandoned mail in North Jersey, including in Belleville, North Arlington, Paterson, and West Orange, as well as of USPS brass’s illegal blocking of congressional access to postal facilities.

Speaking out on the blockade was Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ-08) who called the decision by USPS to refuse access to the Dominick V. Daniels Processing and Distribution Center “deeply troubling,” adding that the steps taken to deny entry is “a perfect example of why my colleagues and I wanted to run an inspection.” 

“Ahead of the November election, when a record number of ballots are set to be sent by mail, it is crucial we ensure the integrity and ability of the postal service to faithfully and securely transfer these ballots.”

“For months we have been blocked from doing our job to ensure that the USPS is ready for this election,” Malinowski said. “Today’s continued refusal is unacceptable, and Postmaster General DeJoy must be held accountable for his repeated attempts to disrupt mail-in-voting.”