It began as an effort by the Tea Party movement to remove a United States Senator who, in their opinion, is not following the US Constitution. It has now set in motion a proceeding that puts two Constitutions on trial against each other.
The word crisis is actually the ancient Greek word for a trial in a court of law. The current case of Committee to Recall Robert Menendez from the Office of United States Senator v. Nina M. Wells and Robert F. Giles is therefore a constitutional crisis within the most literal possible meaning of that word. As The Star-Ledger (Newark), alone among major media, correctly observes, the New Jersey Supreme Court will now be asked whether part of New Jersey's constitution is unconstitutional.
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