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Assemblyman John Catalano (R-Brick). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

LD10 Republicans’ bill would see businesses compensated for COVID closures

It’s not likely to move at all in either chamber

By Nikita Biryukov, November 23 2020 3:32 pm

Republican lawmakers from the 10th legislative district introduced a bill that would see businesses paid for closures related to Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive orders.

“New Jerseyans have been subjected to extreme restrictions and lockdown orders from Governor Murphy without any proof that it has done any good from a public health perspective,” Assemblyman Greg McGuckin (R-Toms River) said. “Meanwhile, the economic harm of his orders has been substantial, with nearly 2 million New Jerseyans filing for unemployment.”

The bill is unlikely to see any movement in either chamber.

Republican leadership this weekend called for a special legislative session on assistance for small businesses and non-profits impacted by the pandemic.

“While Trenton Democrats are fighting over marijuana money, Republicans in the Legislature are fighting for middle-class families that don’t know how they’ll survive a new set of lockdown orders,” Assemblyman John Catalano (R-Brick) said. “The contrast in priorities couldn’t be clearer. We believe the Legislature should hold a special session to pass small business relief, including our new legislation, immediately.”

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