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Pennacchio on Murphy’s Snowmess: Governor, Don’t Blame Meteorologists – You Own This One

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris, Essex, Passaic) released the following statement on Governor Murphy’s administration’s response to yesterday’s winter storm:

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said that Gov. Murphy should stop blaming meteorologists and take full responsibility for the Nov. 15 winter storm that put thousands of New Jerseyans in harm’s way. (

“People have the right to expect their roads to be salted and plowed. This storm was not a surprise, but the State’s epic failed response was,” Senator Pennacchio said. “New Jersey citizens’ lives were profoundly disrupted. Families were separated for hours. First responders were stifled and put at risk.”

“Governor, don’t blame it on the meteorologists, or the poor guy driving the salt or plow truck. You own this one,” Pennacchio said.

State Police responded to at least 1,000 motor vehicle incidents as a result of the November 15, 2018 winter storm. Many children were forced to stay late at school, due to their parents or guardians being stuck on the roads. Some children were even stranded on school buses, according to news reports. Public transit customers were also severely impacted. Tragically, one person lost their life in New Providence.

“Governor – you should have a little less concern for marijuana and sanctuary cities, and pay a lot more attention to fixing pot holes and keeping our streets clean and safe,” Senator Pennacchio added. “My constituents, who are also yours, deserve better.”

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