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Assemblyman Jay Webber. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Webber bill would invalidate executive orders governors violate

By Nikita Biryukov, June 11 2020 4:31 pm

Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) introduced a bill that would allow individuals charged with an executive order violation to use a governor’s violation of the same order as a legal defense.

“Our citizens are entitled to the equal protection of law, and Murphy’s Law embeds an equal-protection principle that his triggered automatically when the gubernatorial lawmaker becomes the lawbreaker,” Webber said.  “Fundamental fairness dictates that executive orders should end for everyone when governors breaks their own rules for themselves.  Murphy’s Law makes sure that a governor’s going wrong results in a right for our citizens.”

The bill is named after Gov. Phil Murphy, who on Sunday attended two Black Lives Matter protests in defiance of gathering limits he imposed.

If passed — the measure is unlikely to gain support from Democratic lawmakers — the bill would retroactively apply to prosecutions that have begun but have yet to reach a final judgement.

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