Three Republicans running for the legislature in the Monmouth County-based 11th district today called on Gov. Phil Murphy to stop governing by executive orders.
The three – Lori Annetta, Marilyn Piperno and Kim Eulner – also called for Murphy to lift all restrictions put in place in response to COVID-19. Their call came after Murphy suggested he would lift capacity restrictions on all outdoor gatherings and remove percentage-based limits on most indoor gatherings.
“Murphy continues to drop the ball with his handling of the pandemic and New Jersey residents, businesses, and children continue to suffer from his lack of leadership,” said Annetta, who is taking on State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch). “Other states have successfully lifted restrictions while keeping their residents safe. We cannot continue to operate our state in this fashion.”
Gopal said that Murphy’s decision to open up most of New Jersey and lift restrictions was a result of the state’s diligence.
“We continue to work closely with businesses and restaurants at the shore who all know our record for delivering for them,” Gopal said. “Due to our collective efforts in getting residents vaccinated and protected at the shore, we now have a major decrease in the rate of transmission.”
Piperno and Eulner are challenging three-term incumbents Joann Downey (D-Freehold) and Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune).
Piperno criticized Murphy for using his emergency powers 15 times.
“By extending his emergency powers, Murphy has kept a stranglehold on New Jersey, while Democrats have shot down any attempt by Republicans to curb Murphy’s power grab,” she said.
Eulner, a Shrewsbury councilwoman and the lone officeholder on the Democratic ticket, said that the incumbent lawmakers ought to share in the blame for Murphys’ use of emergency powers.
“I don’t know what is more insulting to New Jerseyans, Murphy’s rampant abuse of power, or Gopal, Houghtaling and Downey turning a blind eye,” stated Eulner.