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State Republican Chairman Doug Steinhardt. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Steinhardt: Lift China’s legal immunity

By Nikita Biryukov, April 13 2020 6:56 pm

State Republican Chairman Doug Steinhardt called on the state’s congressional delegation to move to remove China’s sovereign immunity so entities in New Jersey could sue the nation over its role in the COVID-19 crisis.

“Our local economies are being devastated, our healthcare system is being pushed to its limits and people are dying,” Steinhardt said. “The Communist Party of China must be held accountable for its negligence and New Jersey should steer the solution to pressure China to help pay for this crisis. New Jersey families need their Congressional delegation to be leaders and take the steps that would allow us to formally file a lawsuit against Beijing. We are taking on trillions of dollars in debt, and I don’t want my children, or yours, to ever pay for the bad actions of the CPC.”

Though the first known cases of COVID-19 were identified in an animal market in Wuhan, China, gene sequencing on the virus found that most of the cases in the New York region originated in Europe.

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