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Sussex County Commission Director Dawn Fantasia. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

Fantasia claims Sussex Dems politicizing COVID-19

By Nikita Biryukov, April 28 2020 7:16 pm

Sussex County Freeholder Deputy Director Dawn Fantasia fired back at the county Democratic Committee, claiming the organization was seeking to politicize the COVID-19 crisis.

“The myopic vision on display by the Sussex County Democrat Committee leaves no room for consideration of facts, and is further alienating the very residents this group claims to wish to represent,” Fantasia said. “From the top down, Democrat policies have failed — and continue to fail — the citizens of New Jersey and the County of Sussex.”

On Monday, the Democrats said Republican county officials were slow to inform residents about deaths at the Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center, claiming the incumbent freeholders were more focused on criticizing Gov. Phil Murphy than responding to the crisis at the long-term care facility.

Fantasia on Thursday said county officials had contemporaneously informed state officials about the outbreak in Andover, charging that the New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli was less-than-candid when she said the department was unaware of the problems at the facility before a weekend inspection uncovered 17 bodies in a makeshift morgue.

“This Freeholder Board will not stand idly by while a flaccid state response is a direct contributing factor to harm to our residents,” Fantasia said. “The Sussex Democrats call this ‘placing blame’ and ‘finger-pointing,’ and a host of politicized catch-phrases they choose. We call it accountability.”

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