ACTION ALERT NEW JERSEY: Ask your Legislator to Restore Effective Checks and Balances Between the Executive and Legislative Branches

Our Stand: At-A-Glance

  • Under New Jersey’s Constitution, Governor Murphy has been afforded immense emergency powers that have allowed him to bypass the Legislature and normal rule making procedures. He reinstated the public health emergency every 30 days from March 2020 through June 2021. On January 11, 2022, Murphy, once again, declared a public health state of emergency allowing him to continue a variety of policies related to masking, vaccination and other COVID measures. It also lets him continue a mandate requiring masks in schools and daycares without exception.
  • As of February 2, 2022, Governor Murphy has enacted 179 executive orders over the last 2 years, many pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest Executive Order #280, perpetuated eight (8) previous Executive Orders introduced over the last 2 years.  The Governor has directly handed down these directives without any input or oversight from the Legislative body.
  • On January 31, 2022, New Jersey Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Jr.  (R-District 13) & Senator Vin Gopal (D- District 11) introduced bill S1200 to put a layer of checks and balances on the Governor’s ability to enact emergency measures. Additionally, nine (9) Republican Senators have signed on as Co-Sponsors of the bill. 
  • New Jersey bill S2100 is intended to restore accountability and oversight to the governmental process by strengthening the rulemaking process during declared emergencies. The bill limits the duration of a State of Emergency to 60 days unless an extension is authorized by the Legislature, and limits a public health emergency declaration to a total of 60 days (the initial 30 day duration and one 30-day renewal by the Governor as provided by current law) unless an extension is authorized by the legislature.
  • Governor Murphy’s ability to unilaterally and indefinitely impose restrictions on the freedoms of New Jersey residents is dangerous and cannot go unchecked. Please join your fellow New Jerseyans in ensuring that the voice of the people can always be heard by restoring effective checks and balances between the executive and legislative branches of government. Click now to email and tweet your elected officials and urge them to support bill S1200, this bi-partisan bill. Then please share this important campaign with your friends, family and neighbors.

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Our Stand: The Full Story

When Executive Orders go unchecked by the legislature, the opportunity to abuse power threatens our most important freedoms. This includes the freedom to make healthcare decisions for yourself and your family.

Since Governor Phil Murphy declared the first state of health emergency in New Jersey, he has issued 179 additional executive orders, the latest Executive Order 280 reinstated a NJ Public Health Emergency. His Executive Order powers have enabled him to hand down dozens of directives without any input or oversight from the New Jersey legislature. As a result, S1200 was introduced to restore desperately needed checks and balances in the lawmaking process.

Sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) & Senator Vin Gopal (D-11), limits the duration of a State of Emergency to 60 days unless an extension is authorized by the Legislature, and limits a public health emergency declaration to a total of 60 days (the initial 30 day duration and one 30-day renewal by the Governor as provided by current law) unless an extension is authorized by the legislature.

 

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