Why lawmakers were so wrong to extend Murphy’s emergency powers
When the pandemic hit the pandemic, Governor Murphy’s first job was to declare a public health emergency. It was carried out on March 9, 2020 by Executive Order 103. Why was that important? All the emergency powers given to him and executed by executive orders came from our being in such a state of emergency. The law enforced included the New Jersey Civil Defense and Disaster Control Act, which allows a governor of our state to make rules and regulations “as needed” to deal with problems in such an emergency.
Without this declaration of a health emergency, the governor would have limited powers.
Here we are 15 months later, heading for an election. Does Murphy want the annoying emergency to spoil his re-election, or would he rather claim it was overturned so he could appear as the competent leader we need to weather the storm and get us to the other side? So somehow the democratic legislators were convinced to sell what was left of their souls and participate in an epic hoax. Pass bill to officially end the public health emergency but allow Murphy to maintain his emergency powers in key areas until 2022.
You did it.
Initially, the assembly voted 48 to 12 with 14 abstentions for the bill. Next, the Senate moved quickly as protesters shouted through the walls “Kill the Law” to pass it by 21-16 votes.
What they did on Thursday should never have happened. Just as the billions in borrowing last year should never have happened without the approval of the electorate. Because both acts undermined the state constitution. The scary thing is, despite what they say, I think they know. And it doesn’t matter.
Murphy refused to go to the November election while a public health emergency was still being declared. But he was also unwilling to give up his iron grip of control that he had perfected during the pandemic. What did he get? He got the gift on Thursday to have it both ways. And it’s a farce.
If he really believes that the state is doing well enough that the state of emergency can finally be lifted, then he does not need these additional emergency powers. If he really believes he needs these powers, then he should never have lifted the state of emergency.
So while they’re high five and pounding each other on the chest for a job well done, remember that you are being ridden. You are being played. Nothing has really changed except that they call it differently. Issued emergency powers without an emergency. That can’t happen people. Just like taking billions in without your consent.
Still it did.
Oh, the pandemic was really fine. The initial shutdown was necessary to stop the forest fires from spreading. The masks that slow down the spread are real and well-founded science. It was all real.
Just as real as today’s hubris and the art of playing. Just as real as the disregard for decency and the renunciation of the role of the legislature in checks and balances. Just as real as the decision not to hold hearings, not to allow public comment, and to speed up that voting.
You should all be ashamed of yourself.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of talk show host Jeff Deminski, New Jersey 101.5. All opinions expressed are those of Jeff Deminski.
Why you shouldn’t visit the Jersey Shore this summer
10 Reasons you might want to reconsider this visit …
NEXT: See what 50 company logos looked like then and now