TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Governor Murphy Phil Murphy on Monday said he is referring the Trump case over to Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to investigate the president to see if he violated the Governor’s executive orders during his Bedminster meet and greet. Known more commonly as “Murphy’s Law”, those executive orders are guidelines restricting how New Jersey residents and businesses can congregate and operate during the extended Murphy imposed state of emergency in New Jersey.
“Additionally, reports suggest the event itself may not have complied with our current rules, which may have put others at risk, and we continue to investigate these reports. Any failures to comply with our emergency orders will be referred to the Attorney General Gurbir Grewal for follow up. To put it bluntly, the actions leading up to and during this event have put lives at risk,” Murphy said of Trump’s fundraiser.
Luckily for the President, a March 2020 law proposed by local Republican Assemblymen Gregory P. McGuckin and John Catalo, never saw the light of day. McGuckin and Catalano proposed a $15,000 fine for Murphy’s Law violations.
“In response to the continuation of public gatherings in various parts of the state in violation of an executive order during the COVID-19 public health crisis and State of Emergency, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) will introduce legislation to create significant monetary penalties for those who host gatherings in violation of the “Emergency Health Powers Act.” Governor Murphy has ordered all New Jerseyans to stay home to slow the transmission and spread of the coronavirus, a highly infectious disease,” the pair said in March. “There have been a number of large public gatherings since the Governor has issued the stay at home order, and we feel violators should face significant consequences for failure to comply with a directive that’s necessary to save lives.”
The bill, if taken seriously by the New Jersey legislature would have establishded a monetary penalty of $10,000 to $15,000 for any person who willfully or knowingly hosts gatherings in violation of any provision of the “Emergency Health Powers Act.”
Grewal has not released any updates on his now ongoing case into the Trump administration and the political gathering at the Bedminster golf course.