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Legislators wait to enter the New Jersey General Assembly chambers on December 2, 2021. (Photo: Joey Fox for the New Jersey Globe).

State Police change their minds, again, on statehouse vaccination checkpoint

By David Wildstein, December 05 2021 7:13 pm

Update from the New Jersey State Police at 10:18 PM:  “The State Police will not comment on security measures at this time,” said Lt. Adam Dewechter,  a spokesman for the state police.

The New Jersey State Police is backing off an order from this afternoon and will not check vaccination records at the statehouse garage.

“I was just notified by the NJSP of a change to the previous notification,” said Steven Pietrzak, a state Treasury Department employee who serves as building manager of Statehouse Operations, in a 6:55 PM email.  “The garage will be open as normal, there will be no ID or vax checks at the north or south garage entrances.”

Just four hours ago,  Pietrzak had emailed statehouse complex employees and legislators advising them that the State Police would screen visitors at the entrances to the garage and will require identification and proof of vaccination or evidence of a recent negative Covid test result before they’ll be allowed in.”

Now the policy has changed.

“Personnel entering the interior of the State House will have their ID and vax documentation checked (at five entry points to the complex),” Pietrzak said.   “Employees of the building will be expected to show their ID and vax card or recent testing results even though they have been previously vetted through their HR office.”

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