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Judge sides with Murphy on Asbury Park restaurant reopenings

By David Wildstein, June 12 2020 5:47 pm

A Superior Court judge today stopped Asbury Park from permitting indoor dining, dealing a victory to Gov. Phil Murphy.

Asbury Park has been “enjoined and restrained from executing, implementing or otherwise enforcing” an move by the Asbury Park council to allow local restaurants to open at limited capacity, despite Murphy’s executive order that bans it as part of a statewide effort to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Judge Robert Lougy issued an injunction on Friday afternoon, three days before Asbury Park restaurants were set to reopen after nearly three months.

Murphy said earlier today that Attorney General Gurbir Grewal would file a lawsuit to stop the city from reopening eateries.

“We have worked with the governing body of Asbury Park to try to amicably resolve the issue of their resolution regarding indoor dining. Unfortunately, they have not done so,” Murphy said. “We have one set of rules, and they are based on one principle, and that is ensuring public health.”

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