“Unmask Our Kids” Rally Held In Trenton

June 3, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Hundreds Protested today at the New Jersey State House against a bill to end the public health emergency but extends certain executive orders, directives and powers of Governor Phil Murphy. The group has said that the bill gives permanent executive power to Governor Phil Murphy.

A5820 Provides for termination of public health emergency declared by Governor to address COVID-19 pandemic, except certain executive orders, directives, and powers will remain in effect temporarily.
Passed both Houses

Provides for termination of public health emergency declared by Governor
to address COVID-19 pandemic, except certain executive orders, directives,
and powers will remain in effect temporarily.

ASSEMBLY, No. 5820

How they voted:

Session Voting:
Asm.  6/3/2021  –  3RDG FINAL PASSAGE   –  Yes {44}  No {28}  Not Voting {8}  Abstains {0}  –  Roll Call

 Armato, John – YesAuth, Robert – NoBenson, Daniel R. – Yes
 Bergen, Brian – NoBramnick, Jon M. – NoBurzichelli, John J. – Yes
 Calabrese, Clinton – YesCaputo, Ralph R. – YesCarter, Linda S. – Yes
 Catalano, John – NoChaparro, Annette – YesChiaravalloti, Nicholas – Yes
 Clifton, Robert D. – NoConaway, Herb, Jr. – YesCoughlin, Craig J. – Yes
 Dancer, Ronald S. – NoDanielsen, Joe – YesDeAngelo, Wayne P. – Yes
 DeCroce, BettyLou – NoDeFuccio, DeAnne C. – NoDePhillips, Christopher P. – No
 DiMaio, John – NoDiMaso, Serena – NoDowney, Joann – Yes
 Dunn, Aura K. – NoEgan, Joseph V. – YesFreiman, Roy – Yes
 Giblin, Thomas P. – YesGove, DiAnne C. – NoGreenwald, Louis D. – Yes
 Holley, Jamel C. – NoHoughtaling, Eric – YesJasey, Mila M. – Yes
 Jimenez, Angelica M. – YesJohnson, Gordon M. – YesKarabinchak, Robert J. – Yes
 Kean, Sean T. – NoKennedy, James J. – YesLampitt, Pamela R. – Not Voting
 Lopez, Yvonne – YesMazzeo, Vincent – YesMcClellan, Antwan L. – No
 McGuckin, Gregory P. – NoMcKeon, John F. – YesMcKnight, Angela V. – Not Voting
 Mejia, Pedro – YesMoen, William F., Jr. – YesMoriarty, Paul D. – Yes
 Mosquera, Gabriela M. – Not VotingMukherji, Raj – YesMunoz, Nancy F. – No
 Murphy, Carol A. – YesPeters, Ryan E. – NoPeterson, Erik – No
 Pintor Marin, Eliana – YesQuijano, Annette – Not VotingReynolds-Jackson, Verlina – Yes
 Rooney, Kevin J. – NoRumpf, Brian E. – Not VotingSchaer, Gary S. – Yes
 Scharfenberger, Gerard – NoSimonsen, Erik K. – NoSpace, Parker – No
 Spearman, William W. – YesSpeight, Shanique – YesStanfield, Jean – No
 Stanley, Sterley S. – YesSumter, Shavonda E. – Not VotingSwain, Lisa – Yes
 Taliaferro, Adam J. – Not VotingThomson, Edward H. – NoTimberlake, Britnee N. – Yes
 Tucker, Cleopatra G. – YesTully, P. Christopher – YesVainieri Huttle, Valerie – Yes
 Verrelli, Anthony S. – YesWebber, Jay – NoWimberly, Benjie E. – Not Voting

Sen.    6/3/2021  –  3RDG FINAL PASSAGE   –  Yes {21}  No {16}  Not Voting {3}    –  Roll Call

 Addiego, Dawn Marie – NoBateman, Christopher – NoBeach, James – Yes
 Brown, Chris A. – NoBucco, Anthony M. – NoCodey, Richard J. – Yes
 Connors, Christopher J. – NoCorrado, Kristin M. – NoCruz-Perez, Nilsa I. – Yes
 Cryan, Joseph P. – YesCunningham, Sandra B. – YesDiegnan, Patrick J., Jr. – Yes
 Doherty, Michael J. – NoGill, Nia H. – Not VotingGopal, Vin – Not Voting
 Greenstein, Linda R. – YesHolzapfel, James W. – NoKean, Thomas H., Jr. – No
 Lagana, Joseph A. – YesMadden, Fred H., Jr. – YesO’Scanlon, Declan J., Jr. – No
 Oroho, Steven V. – NoPennacchio, Joseph – NoPou, Nellie – Yes
 Rice, Ronald L. – Not VotingRuiz, M. Teresa – YesSacco, Nicholas J. – Yes
 Sarlo, Paul A. – YesSchepisi, Holly T. – NoScutari, Nicholas P. – Yes
 Singer, Robert W. – NoSingleton, Troy – YesSmith, Bob – Yes
 Stack, Brian P. – YesSweeney, Stephen M. – YesTesta, Michael L., Jr. – No
 Thompson, Samuel D. – NoTurner, Shirley K. – YesVitale, Joseph F. – Yes

6/3/2021 Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (21-16)

Statement from Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Coughlin on the Passage of Legislation Enabling the End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

“New Jerseyans have proven their resilience over the past 15 months as our state has fought the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, we take a substantial step toward restoring normalcy to our state and to the lives of those who call New Jersey home. 

“Ending New Jersey’s COVID-19 Public Health Emergency is one of the most significant steps we have taken in our recovery efforts to date. With our state’s public health metrics continuing to trend decisively in the right direction, we are confident that now is the right time to take this action, particularly as the final limits on gatherings are lifted tomorrow. With passage of this bill today and its signing tomorrow, followed by the Governor’s signing of an executive order terminating the Public Health Emergency, we will move closer to normal than at any time since March 2020.

“While we celebrate this milestone in our fight against COVID-19, we also acknowledge that the fight against this virus is not over. This legislation ensures that the Administration has the tools and flexibility necessary to continue vaccination and testing efforts, ensure protections for vulnerable populations, and oversee and coordinate the health care system to address this ongoing threat.  

“By working together, we are facing the challenges ahead and meeting the needs of the over nine million residents who have bravely battled the worst pandemic in a century together.”

Photos by Brian McCarthy, OnScene News