cross-posted from the New Jersey Tenth Amendment Center

This is a comment I had posted in response to an article on regarding Carl Lewis’ run for New Jersey State Senate. I am unsure whether the author, Matt Friedman, supports or opposes this action, but felt the issue definitely required a response:

I have to admit, being disillusioned with both major parties, especially in this willing mini-DC known as New Jersey, I really couldn’t have been less interested in how this issue turned out. That is, until I saw the article’s title. FEDERAL Appeals Court to rule? Why?

The seat Carl Lewis wants to run for is not the Presidency, House of Representatives or Senate. He is not being considered for a Federal Appeals or District Court position that rules in matters concerning New Jersey, but not California. This is a state matter, not a federal one. For a federal judge to be ruling on this matter for or against Carl Lewis is a massive violation of New Jersey’s sovereign right as a state to determine its own affairs.

In 2009, Lewis voted in California. If he didn’t vote in New Jersey that year, then he’s not eligible. If he did, he’s guilty of voter fraud, and should be in jail, despite the great amount of respect I have for the man’s athletic accomplishments in 1984.

Whatever way this Federal Appeals Court rules on this case, the loser in the end will be the State of New Jersey. Democrats, if Lewis wins, know that our internal affairs have been usurped by the federal judiciary in order to do it. This is Florida 2000 times 10. Republicans, if Lewis loses, the state’s decision is only upheld because the federal judiciary gave us permission to do so.

The Tenth Amendment Center’s motto is “The Constitution, every issue, every time, no exceptions, no excuses.”  Within New Jersey’s borders, may I also add, “The New Jersey State Constitution, every issue, every time, no exceptions, no excuses.”

As for the Democrats, who will probably cheer uncontrollably if the courts rule in favor of Mr. Lewis, I have a little reminder for you…Bush 2000.  That was another one where no court, state or federal, should never have been involved.  Some of you may feel some sense of justice by playing with an election that way and showing those Republicans how it feels.  To that, I say what my Mom (God rest her soul) told me growing up, ” Two wrongs don’t make a right.”  And to add my own little bit to that, two wrongs may in fact destroy our rights.

Benjamin W. Mankowski, Sr.

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