TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Erik Peterson credits the Assembly Republican members who refused to comply with the Statehouse Covid-19 policy and fed-up parents for ending the controversial school mask mandates.
On Monday, Feb. 7, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he would be lifting statewide school and child care masking requirements on March 7.
“The governor’s promise to end his mask mandate next month shows that when Republican Assembly members and parents stand together in opposition to his Covid mandates we can force the administration to follow the science and unmask our kids. Had I and my colleagues not stood our ground and forcibly said no to Governor Murphy’s statehouse Covid mandates and shown our solidarity with parents, I am convinced he would not be rescinding his mask mandate but would have instituted a vaccine mandate for our children to attend school,” Peterson (R-Hunterdon) said.
In December, Republican Assembly members defied the policy requiring legislators and visitors to show proof of Covid vaccination or a negative test to enter the Statehouse and legislative chambers.
“Prior to our standoff, medical segregation was alive and well in New Jersey. When parents and elected officials pushed back and Murphy’s approval rankings started to tank, the ‘science’ suddenly revealed that masks don’t stop the spread of Covid,” continued Peterson. “Governor Murphy should drop his political-science-based mask mandate today instead of appeasing his NJEA by waiting until March to unmask our kids. This is true political theater. Stop the nonsense and follow the science.”