Day: June 13, 2020

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Allowing Personal Care Service Facilities to Open Effective June 22

June 13, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 154, allowing personal care service facilities to reopen to the public on Monday, June 22 at 6:00 a.m., provided the facilities comply with standards issued by the Division of Consumer Affairs and Department of Health.  

“We’re able to confidently announce this important step in our restart and recovery because the health metrics tell us we can,” said Governor Murphy. “With the proper health and safety protocols in place, personal care business owners who are anxious get back to serving their customers and communities will have the opportunity to do so.” 

Under the Governor’s Executive Order, personal care service facilities include:  

1.     Cosmetology shops;

2.     Barber shops;

3.     Beauty salons;

4.     Hair braiding shops;

5.     Nail salons;

6.     Electrology facilities;

7.     Spas, including day spas and medical spas, at which solely elective and cosmetic medical procedures are performed;

8.     Massage parlors;

9.     Tanning salons; and

10.  Tattoo parlors.  

The Division of Consumer Affairs today issued an Administrative Order that includes comprehensive health and safety standards that personal care services who are licensees of the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling and the New Jersey Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy must abide by. Safeguards include:  

1.     Limiting services to appointment-only;

2.     Performing health screening, including temperature checks, on clients and staff prior to entry to the facility;

3.     Requiring use of personal protective equipment, and requiring clients to wear face coverings at all times, regardless of the service they are receiving, unless face down on a massage table or where doing so would inhibit an individual’s health;

4.     Ensuring that all staff-client pairs maintain at least six feet distance between other staff-client pairs, unless separated by physical barriers;

5.     Adopting enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices; and

6.     Staying informed about new developments and guidance related to COVID-19. 

The Order further directs the Commissioner of the DOH to issue health and safety standards for use by tattoo parlors, tanning salons and other locations in which personal care services are offered by individuals  who are not acting within the scope of a license issued by a professional board within the Division of Consumer Affairs. 

Nothing in the Order shall prevent the provision of services to a person that is confined to their home and unable to travel due to a disability, if these services 1) are permitted under existing statutes and regulations and 2) are provided in a manner that substantially complies with standards issued by the Division of Consumer Affairs and DOH.  DOH issued an Executive Directive today that includes comprehensive health and safety standards for these locations.

Cosmetology schools or other places that provide instruction and training for personal care services shall remain closed at this time. 

For a copy of Executive Order No. 154, please click here.

For a copy of the Division of Consumer Affairs’ Administrative Order, please click here.

For a copy of the Department of Health’s Executive Directive, please click here.

“Reopen NJ” Protesters March To Governor Phil Murphy’s Swanky Home

June 13, 2020

MIDDLETOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)—The Reopen New Jersey, “March For Unity, Peace & Prosperity” was held today at Bodman Park then marched to Governor Phil Murphy’s residence about 2/3 of a mile away.

A crowd of a couple hundred gathered at the park and listened to several speakers that included business owners, gym owners, clergy and politicians stressing the importance to reopen businesses in NJ. Speakers also complained of Phil Murphy violating his own executive orders after attending protests last week, while Reopen NJ protesters received summonses for organizing similar protests. After about an hour of speakers the crowd decided to start marching towards the Murphy residence.

The route along Market Street, Navesink River Road and Blossom Cove Road was well patrolled by the professional staff of the Middletown Township Police Department who stopped traffic and set cones along the route to protect the marchers from traffic. Protesters thanked the police for their service during the march to and from the Murphy home.

Protesters gathered in front of the well-manicured landscape and security gate and protested for over an hour. During the protest Middletown Police asked the protesters to make way for a car with NY plates with a Murphy bumper sticker going into the Murphy compound and two other vehicles believed to be driven by Phil Murphy’s sons. The one Murphy son leaving seemed to be startled by the amount of protesters that he drove up and onto the cobblestone curb of the front landscaping before speeding off toward Navisink River Road.

The affluent neighborhood is well known to past and present celebrities living in the area such as Jon Bon Jovi, Debbie Harry, Geraldo Rivera, Jon Stewart and more.

According to the Monmouth County Clerk Open Public Records Search System (OPRS), the swanky property in the upper crust neighborhood of 45 Blossom Cove Road is owned by Philip and Tammy Murphy. The lavish property is currently assessed at a mere $9,728,100.00 and contains 14,920 square feet of livable space. From satellite views it features an approximately 225-foot private dock on the Navasink River, private tennis courts, gardens, what appears to be a soccer field, pool, pool house, gazebo and more.  The Murphy’s pay three times the median home income in NJ in property taxes alone, current taxes on the property are $209,225 the median yearly average income in New Jersey pales in comparison at only $72,062.

Coming in at just shy of 15k square feet a property of such size must create a large carbon footprint, much more than the average home in NJ. From satellite views there does not seem to be any renewable energy sources on the Murphy property such as solar panels, windmills or the like. The property does not seem to be a champion for the environment.

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Announcement from President Trump Following Tonight’s Dinner with Governor Murphy at Bedminster

June 13, 2020

BEDMINSTER, NJ (Somerset)–President Trump’s Tweets following dinner with Governor Phil Murphy:

“Just finished dinner in Bedminster, New Jersey, with Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) and his wonderful wife, Tammy. Talked about many things, including the opening of the beautiful Garden State, getting people back to work, and……rebuilding America’s infrastructure with projects like the Portal North Bridge, which I have given authorization to proceed!”