In response to Governor Murphy marching shoulder to shoulder with protestors this weekend, 10th District Legislators are calling out the hypocrisy of the Governor who is sending mixed messages to residents amid the coronavirus restrictions. Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano point out that this behavior by the Governor is frustrating and confusing especially for New Jersey businesses that remain closed despite the ability to safely reopen.
In response to Governor Murphy marching shoulder to shoulder with protestors this weekend, 10th District Legislators are calling out the hypocrisy of the Governor who is sending mixed messages to residents amid the coronavirus restrictions. (SenateNJ.com)
“The Governor has repeatedly stated and enforced social distancing measures over the last three months and watching him walk alongside protestors contradicts everything he has required of residents, schools and business owners,” said Senator Holzapfel. “While the right to protest is constitutionally protected, this was a double-standard that goes against everything Murphy has drilled into the heads of our residents for months.”
Under current executive orders, small businesses, churches and schools remain closed. Restaurants will be forced to restructure their business models to accommodate outdoor dining and reduce capacity while adhering to social distancing guidelines including having tables six feet apart. Many restaurant and bar owners fear that even with the ability to reopen it will be a struggle to stay afloat.
“The hypocrisy exhibited by Governor Murphy is unconscionable,” stated Assemblyman McGuckin. “He brazenly dismissed the pleas of our small business owners. Their cries for help made no difference to him, ‘he said’. When it’s a First Amendment protest he agrees with, to heck with the science, but when it comes to other rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, like religion, not so fast. Apparently Murphy has some scientific data that Covid-19 can’t be spread at a political protest but it can be spread in a house of worship. What a bunch of bull!”
The legislators support the need for peaceful protests, but; the Governor’s involvement in the protests challenges his own Executive Orders which limit public gatherings. In addition, his administration has continued to crack down on merchants that have reopened before his orders have been lifted in an effort to save their businesses.
“’Do as I say, not as I do,’ as the saying goes,” concluded Assemblyman Catalano. “Murphy’s words and his actions don’t match up. Every day that our businesses are closed is a day closer to them possibly closing forever. Give them relief, Governor. You are the only one standing in the way of reopening.”