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Assemblyman Gerard Scharfenberger. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Scharfenberger, Arnone want state to tell small businesses what to expect

By David Wildstein, June 01 2020 11:06 am

Anything less than a 50% occupancy when small businesses are allowed to reopen would be a failure by Gov. Phil Murphy, two Monmouth County Republican officials said  today.

“Our businesses need to reopen in a way that is profitable so they can pay their bills and employees,” said Assemblyman Gerald Scharfenberger (R-Middletown) and Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone.  “No one wants to get sick, or get others sick, and they will do everything possible to protect that from happening.”

Scharfenberger and Arnone said they supported Murphy’s initial shutdown of businesses to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus, but now think the situation has gotten out of hand.

“Now, ten weeks later, our small businesses remain shut down without any guidance from Trenton as to when they can reopen their doors, bring back employees and attempt to move forward in the wake of a significant loss of revenue,” they said.

The two Republicans criticized the state for their lack of guidance on when businesses can expect to reopen and want some answers soon.

“We have faith in our residents and businesses to make the right decisions when it comes to safely reopening. We have faith in our residents to continue social distancing when out in public. They’ve already proven as much while enjoying our beaches, parks and big-box retailers,” Scharfenberger and Arnone said. “It’s time the State shows the same faith in our residents to make the right decisions. It’s time the State shows support for our small businesses.”

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