LACEY TOWNSHIP, NJ – Dozens of Phil Murphy opponents, patriots and even a local councilman showed up Monday morning in support of the Lakeside Diner in Lacey Township to show their support for the defiant business owner. With a line out the door and news media cameras all about, diners enjoyed their outlaw breakfast, served, illegally indoors. That’s because Governor Phil Murphy is one of two governors in America still enforcing a draconian ban against eating meals indoors.
In the early cover of darkness on Friday, Ocean County Sheriff Mastronardy’s sheriff’s officers and local police officers escorted a locksmith into the building to change the locks. Hours later, the restaurant was open again and continued serving meals all weekend long. The next morning, after facing backlash, Mastronardy showed up to the restaurant to show his support and express his regrets for doing Murphy’s dirty work.
This morning, a large crowd gathered outside with signs, American flags and cash to spend on a nice meal, inside the restaurant. The owner of the restaurant contests that nobody has contracted COVID-19 since he reopened back in June. That is evidenced by the fact that the Murphy administration has provided no evidence to suggest otherwise. Murphy employs an army of 1,500 contact tracers, none of which have yet been able to trace the virus back to the diner.
Only New Jersey and California have prolonged the moratorium against indoor dining as 48 other states have allowed it in a limited capacity to date. Murphy cited a study of a restaurant in China where several patrons contracted the virus in the Wuhan Province during the height of that country’s outbreak.
Stafford Township Councilman George Williams showed up on Sunday to show his support for his neighbor to the north.