O’Scanlon & DiMaso Say DOH is Department in ‘Meltdown’

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso Say DOH is Department in ‘Meltdown’

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) expressed their distress and concern over a letter sent to Senate leadership alleging serious and dangerous mismanagement of the pandemic response by the Department of Health and Murphy administration leadership.

“This is the single most concerning leak/letter from sitting public employees that I’ve ever seen,” said O’Scanlon. “This is a department in meltdown. At a time in our history when our health department is singularly the most essential department to be functioning properly and competently, this is devastating.”

“If the allegations in this letter are true, it’s horrifying,” DiMaso said. “We vocally expressed concern about how long-term care was being handled, but this letter goes beyond what we even thought. With all of the leaks and allegations in the news and now in this letter, it is clear there has been a dire failure in leadership within the department and administration. We need an immediate investigation into these claims.”

“We must form the senate investigative committee, and it must have subpoena powers, as soon as possible. It has become an urgent, imperative need. Apparently, lives, and livelihoods, hang in the balance.”

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