NFIB Weighs in on Gov. Murphy Reopening Plan and Commission

Date: April 29, 2020

Governor Phil Murphy announced his vision, “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health,” to restart New Jersey and put the state on the road to recovery. Governor Murphy outlined six key principles and benchmarks to guide the process for restoring New Jersey’s economic health by ensuring public health. NFIB is disappointed with the plan which lacks substance and does not offer dates when certain businesses might expect to reopen or plan for reopening.

“Small business owners anticipated the announcement would bring promising news that would allow them to strategize on re-opening plans. Instead the road to recovery has no backbone,” said Eileen Kean, state director of NFIB in New Jersey. “The end result is Governor Murphy’s stay-at-home Executive Order, which has been in effect since March 21st, will remain in effect in its entirety until further notice.”

The Governor also announced his Commission to advise on the restart and recovery of New Jersey.  The  Commission is comprised of health experts, academicians, economists and corporate people. It appears it lacks representation from small businesses. 

NFIB applauded a bipartisan group of state Senators who released an alternative. Click here for our news release reacting to that statement which calls for some low-risk businesses to open now.

 

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