The Republican National Committee member from New Jersey will sponsor a resolution at the party’s summer meeting this week in Chicago urging Congress to “modernize and/or replace the voter count law” and affirm that the role of the vice -president is “only ministerial”, according to a Tweeter by Josh Dawsey of the Washington Post.
Bill Palatucci, a Westfield resident and close ally of former Gov. Chris Christie, wants the Republican National Committee to back a Congress to fix the law, but stops short of approving legislation sponsored by U.S. Senator Susan Collins ( R-Maine) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) to update the Electoral Count Act of 1887.
The proposal replaces confusing sections of the 133-year-old law, including “unique and conclusive voters lists” and modernized rules for voter counting.
Palatucci was one of the few members of the Republican National Committee to vote against a resolution censuring Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) in February for their involvement in an investigation into the events at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
New Jersey GOP State Chairman Bob Hugin voted with Palatucci. New Jersey Republican National Committee Member Virginia Haines left the meeting before the vote.
One of Christie’s closest friends – it was Christie who put the RNC on nearly twelve years ago – and he was general counsel to President Donald Trump’s transition team before he was fired, with Christie, two days after the election.
He was a Trump cheerleader in New Jersey and elsewhere until Christie broke up with the former president after the 2020 election.
Palatucci and Haines are not re-eligible until 2024.
Correction: An earlier version of this story said Palatucci supported the Collins/Manchin bill. Palatucci told the New Jersey Globe that “we would simply urge Congress to work together to modernize the 1887 law.”