State Sen. Michael Testa, R-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic, chastised the governor for saying a “surgical approach” would be used, while appearing to wield an “ax” instead. Testa called Murphy’s broad measure “a destructive over-reaction.”
“Murphy should be targeting areas of high virus spread, and taking the time to evaluate the data and facts,” Testa said in a statement Tuesday morning. “There is no reason to lock things down gratuitously in South Jersey.”
Assemblyman Antwan McClellan, R-Cape May, has introduced legislation that would require 100% of all funds collected from the state’s hotel-motel occupancy tax be allocated to support tourism, the arts and historical programs
McClellan said this past summer season, with concern about traveling because of the pandemic, “we’ve take a big hit. Just tourism alone in Cape May county took about a 29% hit due to COVID.”
McClellan said more than 116 million people visited the Garden State in 2019, spending more than $46 billion while generating more than $5 billion in state and local taxes. This past spring and summer, those numbers were way down.
Middle Township recently called a roadside summit with engineers, New Jersey Turnpike Authority officials and Assemblyman Erik Simonsen (R-1st) to address off-ramp issues that have plagued neighbors for months.
The NJTA also pledged to review other potential measures to decrease speeds at the exit ramp:
1. Lighting upgrades along the exit ramp
1. Repair of two lights that have been damaged or knocked down in accidents
2. Addition of rumble strips
3. Removal of confusing signage and adjustment of the stop sign at end of ramp
The NJTA expects guide rail repairs to be completed within the next few weeks.