Senator Says He No Longer Backs Murphy on a State COVID-19 Shutdown

NJ State Senator Mike Doherty says that President Donald Trump made a good decision to call off an air strike on Iran.

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.”

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  • Justin Escher Alpert

    Let’s see if we can throw off some of the national chains by giving locally-owned businesses a head start.

  • Karen Merritt

    I guess reckless, ignorant opinions & petty partisan politics in the midst of a global pandemic are not exclusive to elected officials in Sussex County.

    • Kid Jupiter

      What’s “reckless” and “ignorant” about what he said? You know FULL WELL the REAL reason for Murphy’s – and the rest of the blue states’ governors – desire for an indefinite lockdown and economic shutdown. They want the economy in as bad a condition as possible, as close to the election as possible, in order to hurt Trump and the GOP so they can’t run on the strong economy. Right from the day he won in Nov 2016 they’ve been PUBLICLY wishing for a recession. (Thanks, Bill Maher and Meathead!) They don’t care if people’s lives are ruined in the process, the end justifies the means.

      The only “cure” for coronavirus – according to the Dems’ REAL motivations – is Trump out of office. If he were to resign tomorrow, the virus would magically disappear and the lockdown would be lifted in a week.

      You’re all a bunch of disgusting people.

      • Kirielson

        Donald Trump could easily be +30 right now if he would have ramped up the testing in March, or even earlier in February. As it stands right now he hasn’t done it and has not taken this pandemic seriously.

        • Kid Jupiter

          Don’t blame Trump for it. Go check the record, chief. Little Dr. Fauci was saying there was nothing wrong, nothing to worry about up until Feb 29 on the Today Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh6ByuObVzc

          You want Trump to “listen to his experts,” and HE DID!!

          As I said earlier, YOU PEOPLE ARE DISGUSTING! WE KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING!

          • Richard Greenwood

            Can he at least put his mask on correctly.

        • Harry Lare

          He did attempt to stop the spread & all of his opponents attacked him for it. Or is your memory so short? Testing falls upon the states, not the Fed. Gov. Murphy calls the opening/closing shots, not POTUS. The testing falls onto the state health & human services department.

      • skip3house

        how many more lives you ready to lose for this non logical crap versus reality

        • Kid Jupiter

          How many more lives are you ready to RUIN by extending an unnecessary quarantine onto the population and preventing them from earning a living? It’s already gone on too long, and it should’ve never started at all.

          No one has an affirmative responsibility to sacrifice their livelihood and freedom because some people are vulnerable to this virus. The vulnerable should be quarantined, the rest of us should get back to our business NOW!!

        • Harry Lare

          How many lives are YOU willing to lose? Most victims are the elderly & those with underlying health conditions caused by any number of reasons, smoking, poor hygiene, working conditions, etc. but to quarantine people yet allow them to go to the grocery store is conflicting reasoning.

    • Harry Lare

      Where were you when twice the amount of people(children included) were dying from the swine flu 10 years ago? People like you are no help, just divisive.

    • disqus_jZv601iXFT

      They found out a lot more people had the virus before it was known effectively bringing down the death rate to flu levels. All of the science was crap. They also discovered quarantining didn’t help very much. Murphy is basing his finding on faulty science. He is slow to move. The Democrats are looking to spoil this election by hook or crook. And now the Democrats are sanctioning rioting and peaceful demonstrations. Goodbye quarantine. .

  • Kathleen Gorman

    In case Senator Doherty is interested forty-three out of fifty states have closed or delayed opening their state park system campground. In case Doherty has not realized, Governor Murphy, and other Governors of other state s(including Republican Governors) are trying to save lives and they are not asking what their political affiliation is in that process. In case Doherty is unaware here are Jersey’s latest figures: 71,030 positive with 3,156 DEAD.Here’s some reading material for Senator Doherty; https://www.campendium.com/…/covid-19-state-by-state…/

    • Ted Moran

      You do not have the right to prevent another person from earning a living. Business can be re-opened with people taking precautions while the at risk population remains quarantined. Stop forcing people into poverty.

      • Kathleen Gorman

        You stay safe…

        • Ted Moran

          Thank you, You, as well.

      • Harry Lare

        Close the churches but not the liquor store, makes it pretty clear where the governors priorities are.

  • Kathleen Gorman

    NOT ONE of these “Senators” or “Assemblymen/women” that are criticizing Murphy have released a plan of their own as to how THEY would be handling this pandemic. Until they do, and prove it will work to “flatten the curve”, they should ALL just shut up. They should be contacting their constituents and be making sure the testing they need is being done ( NO testing in Sussex County, but a a lot of criticism), those affected are getting the care and need. How making sure the Medical providers are getting what they need. That list goes on…BUT what are our Legislators doing? They are COMPLAINING….it’s what they do best !!!

    • Harry Lare

      What you are suggesting is reactionary. What needs to be done is attack the problem, a virus. You are only talking about supplies & testing individuals. From the limited amount of information we received most victims are occupants in nursing homes or individuals with underlying health conditions meaning poor hygiene practices/environments. I could go on.

  • Mike

    What the hell was Jersey thinking voting in Murphy??!! He is one of the worst things to ever happen to Jersey. Opening Jersey June or July??!! No small business is gonna survive that. He’s using his abuse of power against NJ.

    • Geekymitch

      No, asshole, he’s using his power to keep us from dying.

      • Wyatt’s Zippo

        You are perfectly free to stay inside and hide from the bugs. You don’t have to concern yourself with what others are doing or not doing in order to protect yourself, unless, of course, you have totalitarian tendencies, then you probably can’t help yourself…like Murphy. And notice…I didn’t call you an asshole.

      • Kid Jupiter

        You know FULL WELL the REAL reason for Murphy’s – and the rest of the blue states’ governors – desire for an indefinite lockdown and economic shutdown. They want the economy in as bad a condition as possible, as close to the election as possible, in order to hurt Trump and the GOP so they can’t run on the strong economy. Right from the day he won in Nov 2016 they’ve been PUBLICLY wishing for a recession. (Thanks, Bill Maher and Meathead!) They don’t care if people’s lives are ruined in the process, the end justifies the means.

        The only “cure” for coronavirus – according to the Dems’ REAL motivations – is Trump out of office. If he were to resign tomorrow, the virus would magically disappear and the lockdown would be lifted in a week.

        You’re all a bunch of disgusting people.

      • Harry Lare

        So if a person doesn’t share your point of view they are labeled an asshole? Very grown up of you.

      • Richard Greenwood

        Its because your old and really out of shape and a democrat.

    • Harry Lare

      No tax paying citizen is going to survive under the Democrat controlled state. I predict that a Value Added Tax will be levied upon us in the near future. Close the churches but not the liquor stores is all a person with a single brain cell needs to see where their priorities are.

  • Nancy M Richeda

    @Senator Mike Doherty, if you want to help Sussex County get testing centers. We need to test our citizens of Sussex County and get the real truth of this virus BEFORE we open the county. Be patient, stay home, stay well.

    • Harry Lare

      You’re being reactive. Become proactive & get the bleach out. And apply better hygiene practices to your daily routine. I am very patient, but I will not stay home & cower like a submissive little servant to an authority who believes that his way is the only way. PAX VOBISCUM

  • billmorgenstein

    The governors of NY, NJ and others are destroying their states and even causing people to die by their lack of common sense, along with their politico grandstanding.

    • Harry Lare

      It is nauseating watching them spew the same info every day. It reminds me of the media telling us how many troops died each day when Bush was POTUS, yet stopped when Obama was in office. Twice as many people died of swine flu under the Obama administration yet very little reporting of those numbers then. The media is still playing us, at least those with a short attention span.

  • billmorgenstein

    It’s time for groups to get together (non partisan) and decide on some Common Sense rebellion and if necessary DEFY! the authorities.

  • skip3house

    Stick with logic of Doctors/Scientists……not political ‘thoughts’ of half asses ready to loses lives for votes

    • Harry Lare

      Doctors & scientists haven’t found a cure for cancer yet & how many years of research has it been now? A vaccine for malaria has been proven effective(for many) against Wuhan flu yet there are Governors who are restricting the use of the vaccine. Nobody is looking for votes here. But you want to inject politics into the topic which shows that you are making it a political issue more than a health issue.

    • disqus_jZv601iXFT

      You know they’re just as wrong as they are right. There is no guarantee of a vaccine. The mathematics of proteins makes a cure very unlikely. We end up being naturally immune before a cure is found. Hold your breath.

  • disqus_jZv601iXFT

    Any day now, any day. zzzzzz.

  • Richard Greenwood

    If BIDEN WINS THE ELECTION THE ONLY SAFE PLACE TO LIVE WOULD BE ON MARS.

  • Richard Greenwood

    Can anybody PLEASE tell me what JOE BIDEN stands for YOU may not like trump but the PRESIDENT had this Country on its way to greatness again and if you beleive JOE BIDEN can right the ship I have doubts about your MENTALITY JUst my opinion I was doing great until CHINA stepped in.

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