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Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Steinhardt jabs Murphy over long lines at MVC

Agency inundated after finally reopening to walk-ins

By Nikita Biryukov, July 07 2020 12:24 pm

Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt slapped Gov. Phil Murphy over lines outside of some Motor Vehicle Commission locations that sometimes stretched for hours in sweltering heat.

“Governor Murphy has had months to plan for the reopening of the MVC, yet somehow we are still seeing shocking scenes of failure around the state this morning,” Steinhardt said. “MVCs with five-hour waits, traffic backed up on highways, giant crowds of people, and lines miles long.”

MVC across the state opened to the general public after being closed for months because of COVID-19.

Many of those locations have been inundated with residents seeking to renew licenses that had expired in the interim, though licenses that expired between March 13 and May 31 will be valid through the end of this month.

“Just this calendar year Murphy has jacked up taxes, killed off businesses, and sent Covid-positive patients into Nursing Homes — the least he can do for us is run this piece of state government effectively after having months to prepare,” Steinhardt said. “Unfortunately, it looks like he can’t even do that. Thankfully, the people of NJ have the opportunity to relieve him of that responsibility next fall, and I expect they will do just that.”

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli also took the opportunity to jab Murphy.

“Gov. Murphy says government is the answer. Ask folks waiting in line at the MVC, residents who’ve gone months without unemployment support, or families with loved ones forced into nursing homes w/ COVID-19, how this administration does with answers,” he said.

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