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Senate Minority Whip Joseph Pennacchio (R-Montville). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Pennacchio wants Senate to probe Murphy’s handling of COVID-19

By Nikita Biryukov, April 17 2020 8:46 am

State Sen. Joe Pennacchio called on Senate President Steve Sweeney to convene a select oversight committee to investigate Gov. Phil Murphy’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

“I am in extreme disagreement with the Administration and its over-reaching policies during these difficult times,” Pennacchio said. “Some of the policies make no sense. How does closing parks and beaches keep you safe, but crowding people together in isolation is supposed to spare us from this contagion?”

Though many Republicans have avoided attacking Gov. Phil Murphy during the pandemic, some, Pennacchio included, have savaged the governor over certain actions Murphy took to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

He has also pushed the use of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial that has not been tested for treatment of COVID-19 that President Donald Trump has long championed, in the fight against the virus.

“In the interest of our residents, the Senate Select Oversight Committee will determine what policies and their timings were and were not in the best interest of the citizens of New Jersey, and to what extent the Governor was or was not thinking of our Constitutional rights as these policies were being formulated,” Pennacchio said.

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