State Senator Mike Doherty (R-23), a movement conservative from the rural northwest of the state, said he believes New Jersey should move more swiftly toward lifting state shutdown measures imposed by Governor Phil Murphy, even as the governor today indicated that the state still has not reached its COVID-19 plateau.
“I can no longer support Governor Murphy’s draconian shut down measures,” Doherty told InsiderNJ. “He needs to stop his one size fits all approach. He is destroying small businesses and sending millions of NJ residents into poverty.
“The state needs to reopen sooner rather than later,” added Doherty, who served as the chairman of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign in New Jersey. “The cure is becoming much worse than the disease. The idea that churches will be shut down until July is unacceptable. It’s outrageous that liquor stores are considered essential but church services are not.
“Churches are willing to conduct outdoor, open air services with proper spacing,” Doherty added. “Murphy has rejected that while allowing the essential service of selling more booze to desperate citizens, and allowing customers to pull up to fast food take out windows where the spacing between the customer and the server is zero inches.”