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Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Bramnick says Murphy didn’t build coalitions to support business closures

Assembly minority leader says the ‘public deserves transparancy’

By David Wildstein, May 19 2020 9:45 pm

Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick thinks Gov. Phil Murphy has failed to build coalitions to support his shutdown of non-essential businesses to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

“We are starting to see people violate the executive order,” Bramnick said.  “He’s not reaching out. You have to bring New Jersey together.”

Bramnick’s comments follow the decision of a South Jersey gym to reopen in violation of Murphy’s executive order.  The owners of the gym where issued a ticket and will appear in municipal court.

Bellmawr police captain Scott Parker was cheered by a large crowd when he told them “formally, you’re all in violation of the executive order.  On that note, have a good day, and stay safe.”

“When you disrespect the rule of law, you see everything break down,” said Bramnick, a potential candidate for the Republican gubernatorial nomination next year.  “Respect for authority, that’s all there is. I hope people don’t violate the executive order.”

Bramnick said that’s why he has asked the legislature to hold immediate hearings on closings related to COVID-19.

“The decision making must be made in public and transparent,” the minority leader said.  “The public deserves transparency.”

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