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New Jersey Democratic State Committee Vice Chair Peg Schaffer. Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

Democrats punch back at NJ GOP legislators

Schaffer calls them’out of touch’

By David Wildstein, May 14 2020 9:35 am

The Democratic State Committee is accusing some GOP legislators of making “unhinged” partisan attacks against Gov. Phil Murphy for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and say New Jersey Republicans are “hopelessly out of touch.”

“New Jersey residents support Governor Murphy’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis because he’s making decisions based on science and data, not on politics,” said Peg Schaffer, the state Democratic vice chair. “Trenton Republicans must be getting frustrated by the Governor’s sky high approval ratings because they are lashing out more and more and, in the process, exposing themselves as totally out of touch and irresponsible. These Trenton Republicans are following Donald Trump’s example instead of looking out for New Jersey.”

Murphy’s approval ratings have skyrocketed to north of 70% in three recent independent polls, with more New Jerseyans saying his restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 didn’t go far enough than saying he went too far.

Schaffer called out three Republicans: State Sens. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Little Silver) and Joseph Pennacchio (R-Montville), and Assemblyman Hal Wirths (R-Wantage).

O’Scanlon told people to defy Murphy.

“Go outside your house!! It’s ok, you can trust me,” he said in a tweet. “Look South/Southeast…revel in that moon! We’re likely going to take this rebellion a few steps further next couple weeks. Get ready!”

Democrats are also objecting to Pennacchio’s call to use hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, and Wirths’ statement that New Jersey doesn’t need Harvard professors telling New Jersey how to reopen the state.

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