Our Legislative Team Has your Back
Thu Aug 27 2020 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
August 24, 2020
RE: Opposition to Governor’s Executive Orders
This is in response to your recent communication to our 9th District Legislative Office in which you convey discontentment with State Republican’s response to Governor Murphy’s use of executive powers. Thank you for your outreach and for taking the time to share your serious concerns and offering our Delegation with the opportunity to respond.
Over the past several months, a number of constituents have contacted our Legislative District Office stating that they are concerned that Governor Murphy has over-stepped his authority in the use of executive powers. Please be advised that our Delegation has been very vocal when Governor Murphy’s actions have been in conflict with the best interests of our constituents. The following actions have been taken by our Delegation (and posted on social media accounts):
• On May 13, when most things in the state were shut down, our Delegation called for the state’s reopening process to be expedited. A copy of our statement can be reviewed by clicking on this link.
• On May 21, our Delegation called for the establishment of a select committee with subpoena power to investigate the loss of life in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities.
• On May 26, each member of our Delegation requested to be added on as cosponsors to bills A-4147 and S-2482, which would limit the time frame for the Governor’s executive order authority. While we understand that the Governor is unlikely to sign the legislation, in the event it is passed by the Legislature, our support for A-4147/S-2482 sends a message to the Murphy Administration on behalf of our constituents who are calling for the state’s reopening to be expedited and, for greater respect to be given to residents’ constitutional rights.
• On May 27, our Delegation called on Governor Murphy to veto toll hikes on the Garden State Parkway, Atlantic City Expressway and New Jersey Turnpike in view of the economic uncertainly for taxpayers and businesses during COVID-19.
• On June 4, our Delegation stated emphatically to their colleagues and the Murphy Administration that we stand unalterably opposed to a legislative proposal to authorize the state to borrow $5 billion, without voter approval. However, please be advised that on August 12, 2020 the State Supreme Court ruled in favor of the borrowing scheme after State Republicans filed a court challenge.
• On June 9, our Delegation joined the effort in calling out Gov. Phil Murphy for his “all protests are not equal” policy.
• On June 17, we launched an online petition to protect the Senior Freeze and Homestead Programs from funding cuts in the state budget. We rightly pointed out that cutting property tax relief was egregious when the state was still funding programs for illegal aliens.
• On June 19, our Delegation called on the Governor to expand desperately needed support for small businesses that are struggling to survive under the continued restrictions of his executive orders.
• On July 8, we called on Governor Murphy to take swift action and direct the necessary resources to Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) facilities that were overwhelmed on the first day of opening after being closed during the state of emergency.
• On July 10, our Delegation announced our opposition to a scheme to amend the State Constitution to delay the redistricting process that would preserve the status quo for powerbrokers in Trenton who dominate the legislative agenda consisting of tax increases, regulatory expansion and sanctuary state polices.
• On August 20, our Delegation called on the Governor to permit in-person voting for the 2020 General Election in response to his announcement that the Election would be conducted primarily as a Vote-By-Mail (VBM) process.
You will also be interested to know that State Republicans have already filed a lawsuit against Governor Murphy’s Executive Order pertaining to the closing of businesses. From the outset, our Delegation was supportive of this effort. Please see the link to a 101.5fm online article dated May 22, 2020: https://nj1015.com/njgop-sues-murphy-calling-business-shutdowns-unconstitutional/. However, in July a Cape May County Superior Court judge denied Republicans’ request for a stay against two of Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 executive orders.
All these announcements have been posted on our official legislative website and Facebook page as means of communicating with our constituency.
In closing, we emphasize that the Democrat-controlled Legislature has not served as a check on Governor Murphy because they are of the same party. And, yes, it does matter that Republicans (we) are the Minority Party because it prevents us from advancing legislation that would challenge the Governor’s policies. The only means by which the status quo will change in the Executive Branch is to elect a new Governor.
Thank you for your outreach and valued input. It is our privilege to serve as your 9th District Legislative Delegation.
Senator Christopher J. Connors
Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf
Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove
Phone: (609) 693-6700 / (732) 240-0266