Archive for Tag: Brian Bergen

Indoor sports should mean expanded indoor dining, says Bergen

TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Monday allowing indoor contact sports, such as basketball and hockey, to resume as long as capacity is limited to 25 percent. The stated reason for capacity limits is to enforce social distancing, but sports require constant close contact with...

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GOP lawmakers fume as Murphy administration absent (again) at hearing

TRENTON, N.J. – Five Republican lawmakers expressed frustration Wednesday after the Murphy administration did not testify during Assembly hearings examining the response of utility companies to massive power outages during Tropical Storm Isaias. “It’s unconscionable for any administration to refuse to answer questions from constituents who have reached out...

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8 things we learned about restaurant reopenings from live chat with industry leaders

TRENTON, N.J. – Three New Jersey industry leaders spoke with Assemblyman Brian Bergen Thursday about what is and isn’t working for restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic.  The conversation took place through a Facebook Live event that streamed on the NJ Assembly GOP’s Facebook page. Gov. Phil Murphy initially closed...

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Police training focus on self-defense could reduce shootings under new legislation

TRENTON, N.J. – Police shoot less when they have the right training. That’s why Assemblymen Brian Bergen and Gordon Johnson introduced bi-partisan legislation Thursday to dramatically improve police training in New Jersey. “Police officers only reach for their weapon as a last resort. Without proper self-defense training, it becomes...

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Bergen blasts Murphy for setting restaurants back, says checks and balances needed in New Jersey government

TRENTON, N.J. – Yesterday Gov. Phil Murphy announced that restaurants could not reopen on Thursday, July 2, and instead declared that indoor dining is prohibited indefinitely. Assemblyman Brian Bergen is calling out Murphy for being inconsiderate of the costs of running a business. “Governor Murphy has demonstrated to us...

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Affordable child care is increasingly difficult to find as Murphy slowly lifts shutdown orders. Two Morris County lawmakers call for action.

TRENTON, N.J. – Many families have been scrambling to either do without child care or to try to find alternative care so they can work.  Assemblyman Brian Bergen and Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce urged Gov. Phil Murphy to immediately open day care facilities across the state. “Businesses are starting to...

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