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Assembly Candidate Aura Dunn. (Photo: Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe)

Assembly Republicans want Murphy to reimburse towns for MVC costs

Long, sometimes unruly lines required police presence in many cases

By Nikita Biryukov, July 15 2020 12:44 pm

Republican lawmakers want Gov. Phil Murphy to reimburse towns for costs associated with long lines at Motor Vehicle Commission facilities.

“Murphy and the MVC had months to prepare for this, but now towns are forced to take matters into their own hands,” said Assemblywoman Aura Dunn (R-Mendham). “They should not have to bear the costs to deal with the problems Governor Murphy and the MVC created.”

MVC locations around the state were inundated with hours-long lines when they reopened most in-person services last week amid scorching weather.

In some cases, waiting patrons started brawls.

““Private businesses, like car dealerships and driving schools, were willing to jump in,” Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-Holmdel) said. “Governor Murphy had months to figure this out, but now local police have to manage the crowds and the traffic created by doing nothing.”

In some cases, MVC patrons’ cars created mile-long traffic jams.

In response, Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration increased MVC hours and shielded the commission’s employees from furloughs meant to save the state money amid its fiscal tumble.

““All of this frustration and anger could have easily been avoided if the administration had just listened to the calls we were getting from our constituents,” Assemblyman Kevin Rooney (R-Wyckoff) said. “This is about getting people back to work and providing for their families.  We have to take action now if we are going to fix this problem sooner rather than later.”

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