Archive for Tag: coronavirus

Restaurant owners should be reimbursed, says Bramnick

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick said he is introducing legislation to reimburse restaurant owners after Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday he would not reopen restaurants for indoor dining. “I am drafting legislation to reimburse restaurant owners who spend money and relied on Governor Murphy’s word that...

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Rooney demands state track and release mental health statistics from coronavirus shutdown

TRENTON, N.J. – Concerned with a possible “silent scythe” of mental health issues adding to the terrible toll of the coronavirus pandemic, Assemblyman Kevin Rooney called on Gov. Phil Murphy to conduct a state-wide tabulation of those with existing mental health preconditions who have lost their lives or suffered...

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Bramnick tries to limit Murphy’s power during Assembly session

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Jon Bramnick pushed to increase transparency and balance in government at Thursday’s Assembly session by calling to move legislation requiring the legislature to review and approve executive orders issued during a state of emergency after 14 days. WATCH: Bramnick tries to limit Murphy’s power...

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Murphy must use clemency powers after violating his own rules, says Webber

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Jay Webber called upon Gov. Phil Murphy to exercise his gubernatorial power to pardon those cited for violating his executive orders after twice violating his own order that limits the size of gatherings amid the pandemic. The state constitution says, “The governor may grant pardons...

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GOP lawmakers say permit fees for restaurants, bars to comply with reopening plans unfair

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblymen John DiMaio and Kevin J. Rooney are calling for the state division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and municipalities to waive fees for restaurants and bars reopening under Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive orders. The state ABC is charging $75 to apply for a one-time, special permit...

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Space, Wirths blast unconstitutional borrowing and tax scheme

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths today voted against the borrowing bill, which would allow up to at least $14 billion in new borrowing without voter approval, which runs afoul of the state Constitution’s debt limitation amendment and the 2004 Lance vs. McGreevey decision, which further...

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Republicans ask for fiscal discipline instead of borrowing to fix budget

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Budget Committee passed a bill Monday that would allow at least $14 billion in borrowing to replace revenue lost during the economic shutdown in response to Covid-19. Republicans on the committee asked that taxpayers get a chance to weigh in, if there was a...

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Bramnick: Doctors should not be micromanaged by executive orders

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick said that executive orders by Gov. Phil Murphy should not replace the opinions of doctors on how to provide quality health care to their patients. “Executive orders by the Murphy administration are micromanaging the practice of medicine and dentistry, substituting the...

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