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Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove (R-Long Beach). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

9th district Republicans draft extension of senior community immunity law

By Joey Fox, September 17 2021 1:34 pm

The three Republican legislators from the 9th legislative district – State Sen. Christopher Connors (R-Lacey), Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove (R-Long Beach), and Assemblyman Brian Rumpf (R-Little Egg Harbor) – are drafting legislation to preserve senior communities’ legal immunity against Covid-related lawsuits.

The law granting legal immunity went into effect on June 30, but is set to expire on January 1, 2022, without further legislative action.

“Given the circumstances, our delegation’s position is that COVID legal immunity for senior communities should stand indefinitely, without expiring, so as not to disrupt the lives of impacted seniors,” Connors, Gove, and Rumpf said in a joint statement. “To that end, our delegation will introduce legislation to eliminate the expiration date of the law and preserve its legal protections once the Legislature reconvenes.”

This story was updated at 3:02 p.m. to correct “nursing home” to “senior community,” and again at 3:15 p.m. to remove an erroneous paragraph about a different policy’s detractors.

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