Senators Joe Kyrillos and Jennifer Beck, along with Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywomen Amy Handlin, Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande, today sent a letter to state Department of Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez requesting information and further consideration of the state’s reported plan to use Fort Monmouth as a quarantine location for travelers that may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus.
“There are a lot of questions about how this decision was made and whether it is even necessary, or in the best public interest to use Fort Monmouth as a quarantine site,” said Kyrillos (R-Monmouth). “It’s certainly important for the state to make plans on how to protect residents from this urgent public safety threat. I know New Jersey has thousands of empty hospital beds that would seem to be more suitable for the task.”
“It’s understandable that local officials and residents have some concerns about not only how this process has played out but also about what impact this could have on current efforts to market Fort Monmouth as a hot bed for business growth and innovation,” said Beck (R-Monmouth) “I trust Commissioner Velez will be able to provide some clarity on this decision and hope some further consideration will be given as to whether Fort Monmouth is truly the best option.”
The letter is below: