JACKSON, NJ – Earlier this week, Jackson Mayor Michael Reina said he was warned not to host a drive-in movie theater in his township park. He didn’t say who warned him, but today, Governor Phil Murphy said it wasn’t him and that as long as Drive-in movie is conducted with social distancing it’s alright with him. Murphy said at the drive-ins, people are to remain in their vehicles with the windows closed.
Jackson Township Mayor Michael Reina announced last week that his town would be the first one town in New Jersey to bring in a new pop-up movie vendor to show movies in the park in his town. Residents near and far were excited. The venture was the brainchild of PJ Windle, an entertainment DJ who saw an opportunity to bring drive-in movies back to the Garden State on a regular basis.
Reina hinted that the idea was squashed by Governor Phil Murphy who has also banned a New Jersey tulip farm drive-through and birthday party drive-bys.
“Well there Governor here are your words, parks can be opened if we maintain social distancing,” Reina said. “Well unless I missed something cars are for drive-in movies, cars are also parked in every lot of every business you deemed essential, well then they will be parked the same way.”
Reina has not said whether or not his plan for drive-in movies at Johnson Park will be put back on track.