TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy is set to make a major announcement on Monday and NJ.com is reporting he will lift the state‘s indoor mask tenure in time for the holiday weekend.
New Jersey was one of the few states whose governors chose not to accommodate the CDC’s latest recommendations that allow fully vaccinated people to congregate indoors.
Murphy last week lifted the state’s exterior masking requirement for everyone, but was hesitant to end the interior requirement because it would be difficult for companies to determine who is vaccinated.
Although the rate of transmission and hospitalizations fell to its lowest level in months, Murphy said he was also concerned the state would back down if restrictions were lifted too soon.
At New Jersey 101.5 Town Hall Thursday night, “Summer of 21,” Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Paul Kanitra said he and other mayors met with Murphy, who told them that an important announcement would be made on Monday which would affect the shore tourism economy.
Murphy has been criticized for his reluctance to follow the latest CDC guidelines. The legislature is also in the process of drafting legislation that could allow Murphy to govern without using a monthly declaration of emergency, which the governor has said he is prepared to let expire in June.
On Friday, Senator Kristin Corrado, R-Bergen, introduced legislation that would replace Murphy’s executive orders and allow vaccinated people to unmask themselves inside.
“Science does not change state by state, no matter what Governor Murphy’s feelings are,” Corrado said. âWhile it is safe for a vaccinated person to enter an unmasked store or office in New York or Pennsylvania, it is also safe in New Jersey. At this point, the governor looks silly. “
State Senator Mike Doherty, R-Warren, called Murphy’s current hiding decision “ridiculous.”
“We’ve been doing this for a year, ignoring the constitution … and now we’re seeing legislation go through the assembly to essentially give Governor Murphy the permanent power to act as king here in the state of New Jersey.” , Doherty said. New Jersey 101.5 Friday.
A vote on legislation that Murphy said would end the public emergency was postponed Thursday. Murphy had reached an agreement with Speaker of the Assembly Craig Coughlin and Speaker of the Senate Steve Sweeney to let the emergency expire while retaining 14 decrees and rules on masking and social distancing until January 1, 2022.
Doherty believes voters who understood what the bill meant called on lawmakers to voice their opposition helped force the postponement.
“Voters are reaching out to lawmakers and saying we don’t want the Murphy government to have this power forever,” Doherty said.