Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick wants Gov. Phil Murphy to hold a public hearing to give small business owners forced to close because of COVID-19 a chance to explain why they should have a chance to reopen.
“Small business owners have not been permitted to testify before the Governor so that they can make out their case for safe reopening,” Bramnick said in a tweet on Thursday morning. “They should be permitted to have experts testify on their behalf.”
Bramnick, a potential Republican 2021 gubernatorial candidate, thinks Murphy should be able to make time for a hearing on how the global coronavirus pandemic has affected New Jersey businesses.
“The Governor holds daily press events but not one hearing,” the Union County legislator said. “Show them respect.”
Bramnick has held Facebook Live discussions with small business owners over the last few months.
At 1 PM, the State Senate Fiscal Recovery Strategists working group headed by State Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge) will hold a remote hearing to listen to gym owners.
“Every business sector faces challenges in recovering from the COVID-19 shutdown and operating under the demanding conditions as we reopen the economy,” said Sarlo, the chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. “This hearing will provide input from those who know the most about their businesses and who have the most at stake. It will help to determine the best means to return to business in ways that protect the health and safety of their customers and workers.”
Among those appearing is former New Hampshire Gov. Craig Benson, who is a member of the Planet Fitness Board of Directors.
Along with Sarlo, State Sens. Steve Oroho (R-Franklin), Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark) and Troy Singleton (D-Delran) also serve on the panel.
This story was updated at 9:44 AM.