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Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Kean hits Murphy over use of executive power

In response to State of the State, minority leader says Murphy needs to include legislators

By Nikita Biryukov, January 12 2021 3:25 pm

Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-Westfield) hit Gov. Phil Murphy for his extensive use of executive orders in managing the pandemic following the governor’s fourth State of the State address Tuesday.

“The people of New Jersey have shown great resilience and tenacity after a year that has been one of the most difficult in memory,” Kean said. “Not only were they forced to cope with the impacts of a pandemic, but they also had to navigate a slew of arbitrary executive orders that only added to the burden of an already challenging situation.”

The topic has been a sore spot for Republican lawmakers, who saw themselves sidelined more than ever during parts of the pandemic.

Republicans have repeatedly called for a law that would require executive orders be codified into law or expire.

“If Governor Murphy truly wants to make New Jersey stronger in the year ahead, he should learn from the mistakes of 2020 and work to build consensus with other elected leaders,” Kean said. “That’s how we’ll achieve the best outcome for all New Jerseyans.”

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