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State Sen. Michael Testa (R-Vineland). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Testa hits Murphy over renewed virus restrictions

By Nikita Biryukov, November 10 2020 9:57 am

State Sen. Mike Testa (R-Vineland) attacked Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday over rollbacks of virus restrictions enacted as the state faces its highest count since the Spring.

On Monday, Murphy announced restaurants, bars and other eateries would be required to close indoor dining at 10 p.m. and would have to block patrons from sitting at a bar counter.

“Governor Murphy has said he planned to use a surgical approach. In surgery you use a scalpel, not an axe,” Testa said. “Cape May and Cumberland counties in my district continue to report low numbers of cases, but Murphy is once again relying on a one-size-fits all approach that is a destructive over-reaction. He needs to put down the axe before he does any more damage.”

The new restrictions also put limits on indoor sports. Through an order issued yesterday, Murphy blocked interstate indoor sports for school-aged children.

Testa has long jabbed Murphy over his executive orders, hammering the governor over a too cautious in response to the virus.

“This is one more reason why the Legislature should be part of these decisions,” Testa said. “We have advocated for a regional approach for months. Murphy should be targeting areas of high virus spread, and taking the time to evaluate the data and facts. There is no reason to lock things down gratuitously in South Jersey.”

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