Picking Rubio as VP could force Trump to move to New Jersey

 May 2, 2024

While South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem was regarded as a vice presidential frontrunner, some believe her chances have diminished after she admitted to shooting her dog.

Another potential contender is Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. However, putting him on the ballot would compel former President Donald Trump to switch states. 

Both Trump and Rubio are Florida residents

That fact was noted in an article published by the New Jersey Globe on Wednesday, which pointed to the Constitution's Twelfth Amendment.

It reads, "The Electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves."

Given that both Rubio and Trump are residents of Florida, one of the two men would have to leave the state before election day.

Since sitting senators are required to reside in the state which they represent, the task of finding a new home would likely fall to Trump.

Trump has a house at his New Jersey golf course

One option involves relocating to New Jersey, where he already owns a house at the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster.

While New Jersey is known for its notoriously high tax rates, the Globe pointed out how Trump may be able to avoid incurring any such obligations provided if he remains there for less than 183 days.

It cited guidelines from the New Jersey Department of Treasury which state, "If New Jersey is your domicile, you are considered a resident for New Jersey tax purposes, unless: (1) you did not maintain a permanent home in New Jersey; (2) you maintained a permanent home outside New Jersey; and (3) you did not spend more than 30 days in New Jersey,” according to guidelines from the New Jersey Department of Treasury."

"If New Jersey is not your domicile, you are only considered a resident if you maintain a permanent home and spend more than 183 days here," the guidelines add.

State passed millionaire's tax in 2020

The matter could be of major importance for Trump, as New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed a millionaire's tax in 2020.

Under its provisions, the state's income tax burden on those who earn more than $1 million per year rose from 8.97% to 10.75%.

"We do not hold any grudge at all at those who have been successful in life," Politico quoted Murphy as saying after signing the new law.

"But in this unprecedented time when so many middle-class families and others have sacrificed so much, now is the time to ensure that the wealthiest among us are also called to sacrifice," he declared.

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