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

Testa urges case-by-case enforcement of COVID orders

By Nikita Biryukov, March 27 2020 12:46 pm

State Sen. Michael Testa raised alarms over Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s promise to enforce the state’s executive orders responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

“The state’s efforts to protect the people from the coronavirus should not be taken as a license to suppress the liberties of the citizens,” Testa said. “There is a thin line between good public policy and heavy-handed government control. The priorities of public health and the preservation of civil rights must be secured in tandem.”

Earlier this week, Grewal put out a press release saying his office and other authorities in the state would strictly enforce mandates banning gatherings and other mitigation measures adopted to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

On Saturday, Gov. Phil Murphy banned all gatherings and ordered the state’s non-essential businesses, including gun stores, closed.

Testa took exception to gun stores being named non-essential, calling for them to be added to the list of businesses that can operate during the pandemic.

“This nation was built on freedom and liberty,” Testa said. “Enforcement of our laws and State orders must be managed on a case by case basis.”

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