New Jersey Assemblyman Jay Webber is my hero and he wants his Governor Phil Murphy cited for violating his own social distancing executive order because he participated in outdoor groups larger than 25.
Webber is asking that police hold Murphy accountable just like he held the gym owners accountable last month. Webber sent a letter to the State Police Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan saying, “Photographic and written evidence on social media indicated that one Philip Dunton Murphy of Middletown openly and brazenly defied Executive Order 148by purposely, repeatedly, and wantonly associating with others in groups of greater than 25 individuals, and aiding and abetting such behavior. Consistent with the treatment of other individuals who have committed similar acts, that behavior appears to merit a criminal citation for violations pursuant to N.J.S.A. App.A 9-49(h) and 9-50.”
Letter to Col. Callahan: Will Governor be held accountable & cited for his violations of his own Executive Order? pic.twitter.com/ytaQ8kcjQi
— Jay Webber (@JayWebberNJ) June 8, 2020
Today, in Hillside, we marched for justice.
For George Floyd and for the many before him – who lost their lives for being Black.
We march because we will not accept systemic racism and bias as just part of our national condition. Black Lives Matter. pic.twitter.com/JGe00Xa1qS
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) June 7, 2020
Ironically, after he posted images of himself violating his own order Murphy posted a request for people to continue practicing social distancing.
DO YOUR PART TO KEEP NEW JERSEY MOVING FORWARD:
📏Practice social distancing
🧼Wash your hands
😷Wear face coverings when out in public
🧪Get tested pic.twitter.com/1De0JDHILz
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) June 8, 2020
Murphy claimed on Monday that standing up to racism is more important than fighting the coronavirus.
“This is up to local law enforcement in any case. I believe it’s true. And if it’s not true, I stand corrected. In any other non-anti-racism protest that I’m aware of that was related to COVID-19 that’s occurred. There have been few citations, but they’re directed only at the organizers. I walked away from Hillside, I walked away from Westfield. I’m gonna say a couple thousand in Hillside and probably more than that in Westfield,” Murphy said.
“This is a moment in time perhaps unlike any in our nation’s history. There is an overwhelming amount of anger and passion. And, by the way, it’s all incredibly peaceful, overwhelmingly so, particularly in New Jersey and we should be very proud of that. I can’t imagine what it would look like if we said to people ‘you have to stay in, you have to ignore systemic racism, I’m sorry, just ignore it, just stay inside, you can’t go out and voice your anger, your rightful anger. I can’t imagine what that looks like as it relates to public safety,” he concluded.
Funny many were called “nazi’s” for voicing their anger at your lockdown order and those people were marginalized and shamed.