New Jersey has very high vaccination rates. COVID transmission is low, and getting lower. So why not open up? It’s tough to give up all that power.
Deep, harmful impact on New Jersey’s economy.
- 30% of NJ small businesses have failed.
- 50% of all leisure and hospitality jobs in NJ are gone.
- Blacks and Hispanics suffered the most. Higher unemployment rates.
New jobless claims are up 17%. Over 2 million claims have been filed since Gov. Murphy shut down the NJ economy last March.
Can’t find employees. Financial incentives to stay home. Extra-large unemployment benefits discouraging people from returning to work.
New York City will drop all pandemic restrictions on July 1. Even PA is opening up. So why not NJ?
Murphy under scrutiny for alleged mishandling of nursing homes.
New Jersey has been one of the slowest states to lift restrictions. Murphy blasted for shutting down family gatherings and killing restaurants. Political protests were still allowed with unlimited outdoor attendance.
Media orgs like newspapers and radio pundits have mainly stayed away from asking tough questions. Elected officials on both sides of the aisle have very little appetite for questioning Murphy’s Covid response.
Government-mandated, nonessential business closures and stay-at-home orders that were in effect from mid-March to mid-June 2020 in NJ.
➢ Record high unemployment rates.
➢ Small business devastated. 30% shut their doors.
➢ Pandemic had disproportional impact on workers of color.
➢ 1.9 million filed unemployment claims.