New Jersey's 10th Legislative District

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano

District 10

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Withdrawing Bill as Lockdowns Ease

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Say Jersey Shore Needs to Reopen as Quickly as Possible

Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman John Catalano (all R-10) announced they are withdrawing legislation that would increase fines for hosting gatherings in violation of lockdown orders related to the public health emergency:

With infection rates, hospitalizations, and deaths due to COVID-19 declining and life starting to return to normal, Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano said they are withdrawing legislation that is no longer needed to begin the reopening of the Jersey Shore. (©iStock)

“The purpose of the strict lockdown was always to defeat COVID-19 quickly and to allow for the reopening of New Jersey in the shortest period of time possible with the least harm to people’s health and our economy. We introduced our legislation at the start of the crisis due to a lack of leadership from Governor Murphy when it came to enforcement as evidenced by a number of coronavirus parties and similar events that threatened to prolong the public health emergency unnecessarily.

“As legislators, we cannot control how the the law is enforced by the governor or the agencies he directs, but we can change the law to encourage people to act responsibly through the deterrent effect of higher penalties. Thankfully, enforcement was stepped up and the types of gatherings where COVID-19 could be spread were greatly limited. Because of this, all of the key metrics on infection rates, hospitalizations, and fatalities due to the coronavirus have declined quickly, which has led to the easing of lockdown measures. We are glad to say that our legislation is no longer necessary and will be withdrawn.

“It’s been our number one priority to get the Jersey Shore fully reopened as quickly as possible. We are glad that life is starting to resume and businesses are starting to reopen, but we won’t be happy until everything is back to normal.”

Leave a Comment:

Comment Rules: Please remain civil, stay on topic, and refrain from using foul or abusive language. Posts that violate those rules may be hidden or deleted, and repeated violators may be blocked. To prevent spam, comments with links are automatically filtered.

NJ COVID-19 Information HUB

The 10th District Team

Jim Holzapfel

Senator - District 10

Greg McGuckin

Assemblyman - District 10

John Catalano

Assemblyman - District 10

District 10 Guide

Constituent Services

We Can Help You!

Contact Us

We Want to Hear from You!

District 10

About the Legislative District

Email Updates

Sign Up for Our Newsletter


Follow Our Page


Students - Get Involved

Legislative Activity

Committees, Bills & Votes


Tweet @jimholzapfel

Recent Posts

- Proudly Serving Parts of Ocean County -