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Senator Mike Doherty Senator Mike Doherty (R-23)
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July 8, 2020
Doherty: Murphy’s Mask Mandate Represents a Clear and Present Danger to New Jersey

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Senator Michael Doherty blasted Governor Phil Murphy for his arbitrary and unscientific approach to responding to the coronavirus, including a new mandate that will force New Jerseyans to wear masks even when outside.

Sen. Michael Doherty blasted Gov. Phil Murphy for his arbitrary and unscientific approach to responding to the coronavirus. (Pixabay)

“Governor Murphy has used the opportunity presented by the coronavirus to initiate a big government power grab,” said Doherty (R-23). “His unilateral and oppressive actions are destroying the economy and will now negatively impact everyday New Jerseyans outside in the summer sun.

“New Jerseyans have overwhelmingly complied with social distancing and common-sense safety measures, and they are to be commended for slowing the spread. Enforcing a new mask mandate while cases have dropped is exploiting a public health crisis for power.

“Murphy’s new mask order represents a clear and present danger to the health of New Jersey residents. Healthy residents should not be forced to wear masks outside, especially in this heat and humidity. New Jerseyans with asthma and chronic lung conditions will also disproportionately suffer. It is time for Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature to come together and push back against this unnecessary takeover of our rights and freedoms and let New Jerseyans breathe a sigh of relief.”

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