Shore lawmakers who proposed $15,000 fine for disobeying Phil Murphy now join unmasking chorus


Three lawmakers in Ocean County who are facing a 2021 reelection campaign are saying it’s time to unmask New Jersey. This comes after New Jersey Assemblyman Greg P. McGuckin proposed a $15,000 fine for residents who violated Governor Phil Murphy’s ban on social gathering just one year ago.

Now, McGuckin, his running mates John Catalano and James Holzalpfel are switching gears, condemning Governor Phil Murphy for continuing his extended mask mandate that goes against the CDC science and guidlines.

The trio went from being cheerleaders of Murphy’s insane science and policy by threating fines that could have crippled families during the pandemic to being against his science now, just three weeks ahead of a critical primary election.

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“All along Murphy has claimed to be following the science, but now that the scientists at the CDC say people can stop wearing masks, that’s not good enough for him,” McGuckin, who proposed $15,000 COVID-19 gathering fines said. “Stop hiding behind the mask and let it go, Governor. You know you can’t hold on to your emergency powers forever. It is time to lift the mask mandate and relax social distancing rules. After what they have endure for the last 15 months, New Jerseyans deserve the chance to see each other smile and return to a more normal lifestyle.”

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