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Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Murphy jabbed over hair braiding bill CV

By Nikita Biryukov, August 27 2018 12:40 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday conditionally vetoed a bill that would eliminate licensure requirements for hair braiders, seeking to maintain a much more modest licensing requirement.

The version of the bill passed by the legislature – passed with overwhelming support in both chambers and with the backing of groups like the state’s branch of Americans for Prosperity – would have completely eliminated a requirement for hair braiders to complete 1,200 hours of courses at a cosmetology school that could cost up to $17,000.

But Murphy, concerned about a total lack of formal training could expose customers to health risks due to a lack of schooling sanitation practices, proposed training programs that not exceeding 40 or 50 hours in length, depending on the experience of the person seeking licensure.

That argument didn’t hold much water with the bill’s proponents.

“Governor Murphy is so disconnected from the hair braiding community in New Jersey it would be impossible to untangle a single comprehensive reason for vetoing this effort,” said AFP-NJ Director Erica Jedynak, adding later: “This veto is nothing short of heartless because it forces New Jersey hair braiders to keep the doors to their businesses and communities shuttered.”

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  1. I lived in Joisey for nearly 20 years (I escaped just before Murphy was elected), but I never came across the term – used in the article – “schooling sanitation practices.”

    No matter what the meaning, though, did anyone think to ask the governor to give even a single instance of an injury or illness caused by a braiding by an unlicensed braider? Or a licensed one, for that matter …

    A cursory web search found absolutely nothing, leaving only the question, “Is Murphy doing this because of racism, because of the government’s greed, or because of his lust to control the minutiæ of everyone’s lives?”

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