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Senate Minority Conference Leader Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa). Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

Corrado, Auth bash Murphy for Wayne motor vehicle agency closure

Senator: ‘Only a state department can afford to come to a full stop’

By David Wildstein, July 21 2020 5:51 pm

Two North Jersey legislators slammed Gov. Phil Murphy for closing the Wayne Motor Vehicle Commission licensing center until next week after an agency employee tested positive for the coronavirus.

Senate Minority Conference Leader Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa) called the decision to shut down for a week “a panic move that proves MVC has little to no regard for its own customers.

“Businesses across the state that rely on customers for their survival are able to safely reopen, often in a day or two, after closing temporarily for a complete sanitization,” Corrado said.  “Only a state department can afford to come to a full stop. No other enterprise has that luxury,”

Assemblyman Bob Auth (R-Old Tappan) said Murphy was to blame for the one-week closure.

“It is highly questionable that the state doesn’t have the ability to sanitize a single location or test other employees to ensure people receive the services they pay for,” he said.  “I don’t know how he thinks his big government plans will work if he can’t even handle basic functions. His default reaction to any crisis seems to be overkill.”

But the state’s top motor vehicle agency official defended the decision to close until July 28.

“The health and safety of our customers and employees is our top priority,” said Sue Fulton, the MVC chief administrator “We will monitor the situation at Wayne and work closely with health officials to reopen on July 28, once we have verified a safe and healthy environment for the public and MVC employees.”

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