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Oroho: Governor Has Plans on His Desk to Reopen NJ Safely, No Need to “Slow Walk” Action

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Senator Steven Oroho said Governor Phil Murphy has detailed plans on his desk from virtually every industry in New Jersey that would allow the state to reopen safely and bring more regular activities back into everyday life starting now.

Sen. Steven Oroho said Gov. Phil Murphy has detailed plans on his desk from virtually every industry in New Jersey that would allow the state to reopen safely and bring more regular activities back into everyday life starting now. (Pixabay)

“In every discussion I’ve had with small business owners and industry trade groups, the consistent message I’ve heard is that New Jersey could get back to work today if the Governor would lift unnecessary restrictions,” said Oroho (R-24). “Employers across the Garden State have spent weeks in lockdown putting together strategic plans to reopen safely. They’ve put those plans on the governor’s desk. I’ve been part of those planning efforts with the NJBIA, and am convinced many aspects of our lockdown can be lifted. I think the governor’s four-stage plan announced today is an effort to slow walk our reopening that is unnecessary and will inhibit what could be a quicker recovery.”

Oroho worked with the New Jersey Business Coalition, which includes more than 80 business and nonprofit groups representing tens of thousands of organizations, to develop multi-pronged recommendations to reopen New Jersey safely. Those plans have been submitted to the governor.

Today, Oroho participated in a meeting of Senate Fiscal Recovery Strategists which focused on reopening the healthcare industry.

“Our Senate Fiscal Recovery committee heard today from experts across the healthcare industry who say they are ready to get back to treating the many needs of their patients,” said Oroho. “They’ve produced detailed plans to offer a full spectrum of health and dental services in a manner that protects both patients and staff. While some health and dental procedures will be allowed to resume after the Memorial Day weekend, the medical professionals we spoke to said continued restrictions are not necessary. In fact, patients are still being hurt as important care continues to be pushed back. Similarly, medical facilities that the governor sought to protect from being overwhelmed are now at risk financially due to underutilization. For patients and the doctors and dentists they depend upon, we need lift to all unnecessary restrictions on the delivery of care.”

Oroho said the concerns being raised by those in healthcare have been echoed by other industries.

“What leaders in the healthcare, retail, manufacturing, and service industries keep saying is that the governor is being overly cautious in a way that is hurting our families, their jobs, and the state economy,” added Oroho. “Their message is clear. We can reopen the state now and safely.”

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