More than a hundred New Jersey residents gathered near Governor Phil Murphy’s house on Saturday to voice his frustration at the state’s tightening COVID-19 restrictions.
What began as a pro-Trump #StopTheSteal rally has become a protest against the Democratic state power directives that were put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.
David Winkler, a Republican candidate for the state senate, attended the protest and told Fox News that his goal was to “hear Governor Murphy on the people.”
“Listen to them,” Winkler continued, speaking directly to Murphy. – You’re a leader. You supposedly need to have a representative who speaks for the people. You have to start behaving like this. “
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As protesters headed for the governor’s house, barricades and state and local police awaited them, preventing him from entering the streets. According to Winkler, local police claimed the barricades were caused by an EPW (Environment and Public Works) case involving the cleaning of letters.
Attendees at the rally doubted this explanation, convinced that Murphy had ordered police to stop protesters from gathering outside his home. In the video by Winkler, we can shout “let in” and “peacefully gather”.
Middletown police did not respond to the comments.
According to Winkler, the economic devastation and social isolation resulting from Murphy’s “unconstitutional” mandates is a deadly combination.
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“If you don’t have an economy, you don’t have New Jersey either,” he said. “These people had to take out loans to keep their places open. They will not survive here.
On Monday, Murphy announced the suspension of indoor high school and youth sports for the remainder of 2020, along with a new restriction on outdoor gatherings.
“As a veteran myself, I understand aspects of invisible wounds,” Winkler said. “That’s what I’m worried about our people.” If they get stuck in their house, this kind of depression starts. The same is true with kids, sports and everything else. They need to get out and socialize. “
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Despite advice from the World Health Organization and Dr. Anthony Fauci against the closures, Murphy told Fox News Sunday that the nationwide closure is still “on the table”.
“He’s on the table in terms of shutdown,” Murphy said. “I don’t expect it, and I’m sure damn I don’t want to go that route.”