JACKSON-The Jackson Township Mayor and Council on Tuesday passed a resolution supporting a bill that is currently going through the legislative process in Trenton that will turn being outside in public during Governor Phil Murphy’s quarantine from a misdemeanor penalty to one that could cost you as much as $10,000.
That law states, “A person who willfully or knowingly violates any provision…declared by the Governor a penalty of not less than $5,000 and not more than $10,000.”
Currently, violations of Murphy’s Law constitutes a disorderly persons offense carrying a potential sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
Jackson Mayor Michael Reina and Councilman Barry Calogero, all declared Republicans joined a bi-partisan effort in Trenton to assist Democrat Governor Phil Murphy’s in enforcing his numerous executive orders directed upon the people of New Jersey.
The action comes when many Jackson residents are out of work and as over-enforcement of Murphy’s executive orders has been on the rise across New Jersey. People are now being ticketed for walking in parks, walking on the street without face protection and in Trenton on Friday, simply sitting in your parked car.
Those small infractions, if the council gets their way would allow Jackson police officers to issue citizens $10,000 fines, an expense nobody, not even the mayor with his full time patronage job at the county, given to him by former GOP Chairman George Gilmore could afford during these times.
Jackson Township councilman Alex Sauicke championed the law that would impose severe penalties against everyday citizens, laws that have been widely criticized across the nation. In fact, days after the council, Governor Murphy went on national television to tell the country that he did not consider the Bill of Rights when he signed those executive orders.
“Thank you to the residents of Jackson for clearly following the directives of Governor Murphy,” Sauicke said.
The council unanimously voted in favor of imposing severe penalties for violating Phil Murphy’s unconstitutional directives. The bill was sponsored by Jackson Township legal counsel, Assemblyman Gregory P. McGuckin.