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NJGOP Chairman to Murphy: Give Up Your Emergency Powers Immediately

May 7, 2021

Trenton, NJ: In light of Governor Murphy’s recent announcement on lifting COVID restrictions, New Jersey Republican State Committee Chairman Michael Lavery issued the following statement:

“If the Governor is willing to acknowledge the waning threat of the pandemic by paring back many of his self-conceived onerous lockdown measures, then he must also realize it is time to surrender his ‘emergency powers’ as well.

“Co-equal branches of government exist to protect the State from one person over-extending their power, and Governor Murphy’s dangerous pandemic maneuvering is a perfect example of that. For the last year, he has consistently acted unilaterally, circumvented the two other branches of government via self-granted, never-ending emergency powers, and it must stop immediately.”

NJGOP Response to Monmouth Poll: “Murphy is in Deep Trouble”

May 5, 2021

Trenton, NJ: Today the Monmouth University Polling Institute released new numbers on Governor Phil Murphy’s re-election prospects, showing Murphy garnering 48% support for his re-election, compared with 43% who believe it’s time for someone new. 

New Jersey Republican State Committee Executive Director Tom Szymanski issued the following statement:

“Governor Murphy is in deep trouble considering he’s already spent millions of dollars on television ads and dedicated a huge amount of his time to daily press conferences and media appearances, and yet support for his re-election is well under 50%.

“Bad decisions come with consequences, and today’s numbers clearly show New Jerseyans are recoiling at the Governor’s directive to lock COVID-positive patients in nursing homes which caused New Jersey to have the highest COVID death rate on the planet, just as they are also recoiling at his never-ending lockdowns, which killed one-in-three small businesses and gave New Jersey the 7th worst unemployment rate in the country. 

Getting New Jersey back on track and back to work starts with changing governors in November, and New Jerseyans are realizing that more and more with each passing day.”


Murphy Heeds NJGOP’s Call by Lifting Some Restrictions; Onerous Measures Remain in Place for Countless Small Businesses

May 3, 2021

Trenton, NJ: Following the NJGOP’s call for Governor Phil Murphy to fully lift his unilateral economic restrictions, today he announced a return to 100% capacity for businesses, provided that patrons are distanced at least six feet apart from one another (which will undoubtedly still have an adverse effect on small businesses with limited capacity). 

New Jersey Republican State Committee Executive Director Tom Szymanski issued the following statement:

“It’s shameful that in order for Governor Murphy to lift many of his dictatorial economic restrictions, it took shaming and goading from both the New Jersey Republican Party and neighboring states

“However, the fact remains that Murphy’s rule requiring six feet of distance between patrons is a de facto capacity restriction which will continue to strangle countless small businesses. 

“For the one in three small business owners who were forced by Murphy to close their doors for good, and for the nearly 350,000 New Jerseyans currently out of work, the Governor’s actions today to lift his own cruel and arbitrary restrictions are far too little, too late.”


NJGOP Demands Murphy Immediately Lift All Of His Self-Imposed Business Restrictions

May 3, 2021

Trenton, NJ: Recent news reports show that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that New York will raise indoor dining to 75% as of Monday, May 19th with a likely full reopening by July 1st which follows New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio’s reopening plan. Additional reports show that Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has announced that all restrictions will be lifted as of May 19th. While New Jersey’s neighboring states plan to reopen, Phil Murphy has dragged his feet on fully lifting his self-imposed restrictions.

New Jersey Republican State Committee Executive Director Tom Szymanski issued the following statement:

“Our message to Governor Murphy is a simple one: Re-open our state to 100% capacity and lift all your unilateral economic restrictions today, or don’t bother showing up to your self-promoting press conference.

“Murphy has long been suffocating New Jersey’s economy with his arbitrary and unilateral economic restrictions, evidenced by New Jersey having the 7th worst unemployment rate in the nation, and the fact that one in three small businesses have closed for good. Anything short of a full re-opening will be a continued death sentence for thousands of small businesses.

“Governor Murphy has had no problem blindly following neighboring states on a myriad of oppressive actions over the past year, and yet when it comes to re-opening the economy and getting New Jerseyans back to work, he is unsurprisingly dragging his feet.

“The long road to getting New Jersey back on track begins in earnest when we change Governors in November, but in the meantime Phil Murphy must end his dictatorial executive orders and get New Jersey small businesses back to work immediately.”

NJGOP Blasts Murphy Over Refusal to Ease Restrictions, Help Small Businesses

April 26, 2021

Trenton, NJ: Following Governor Murphy’s failure to meaningfully ease economic restrictions on Garden State businesses during today’s press conference, New Jersey Republican State Committee Executive Director Tom Szymanski issued the following response:

“New Jersey’s economy continues to go belly up as we’ve experienced 1/3rd of small businesses close for good and the 7th worst unemployment rate in the nation, and yet Phil Murphy’s abhorrent lack of judgement and compassion was on full display again today as he refused to lift his self-imposed restrictions on many small businesses, including indoor dining establishments.

“Perhaps we should not be surprised that the needs of small businesses and the middle class are not front of mind for an out of touch far-left millionaire living in a $10 million mansion high on the banks of the Navesink River.

“Rather than following the science coming out of many states which are seeing a decline in COVID numbers after fully re-opening, Murphy continues to let the cries of unemployed workers and struggling small business owners fall on deaf ears. Getting New Jersey back on track and back to work starts with changing governors this November.”

NJGOP Launches NJGOP En Español Website

April 5, 2021

Trenton: In the 2020 election, Republican candidates around the country improved their standing with Hispanic and Latino communities. To further engage with this community, the New Jersey Republican Party is proud to launch a new part of its website, NJGOP en Español. This page provides general information on what the GOP stands for and introduces our leaders. 

New Jersey Republicans are a big tent party, welcoming people of all backgrounds who support our core values and priorities of freedom, limited government, with a focus on reducing government spending, lowering taxes, and growing jobs. The party will continue to engage with the Hispanic and Latino communities in various ways moving forward. 

NJGOP en Español can be viewed by going to

Chairman Michael Lavery issued the following statement:

“Over the last several years, the Republican Party has made great strides to reach out to voters that predominantly speak spanish and this new website will ensure that voters across New Jersey have the opportunity to learn more about the Republican Party in New Jersey. We will continue to reach out to this community and ensure that spanish speaking voters in New Jersey know that Governor Murphy and his radical liberal colleagues have failed our state, that leading Democrats support socialist-style policies on the federal level, and that it is time to elect strong Republican leaders for a better New Jersey.”

NJ Unemployment Rate Jumps

March 17, 2021

Trenton: The Bureau of Labor and Statistics’ March update on state-by-state Unemployment shows that New Jersey’s unemployment rate has increased again. 

The new data shows that New Jersey’s unemployment rate is 7.9%, which puts the state among the top ten worst states for unemployment.

On top of the high rate, the unemployment situation in New Jersey has been made worse by Governor Murphy’s failure to manage the Unemployment office and get needed benefits distributed promptly. 

Chairman Michael Lavery issued the following comment:

“New Jersey was hit hard by the Coronavirus, but it is clear that the Governor’s mismanagement of the virus and the restrictions he put on our people and businesses made our economy worse than it needed to be. The Governor has raised taxes, raised fees, raised regulations, and as a result, raised our unemployment rate. One third of our small businesses are gone, and Murphy’s policy choices were, in large part, to blame. As we emerge from the Covid crisis, our state needs a governor who has a new perspective, a focus on jobs for New Jerseyans, and a pro growth mindset. Phil Murphy has none of those, and must be defeated this fall.”

NJGOP Statement On ARP Event

March 15, 2021

Trenton: First Lady Jill Biden appeared in New Jersey today to tout the Biden Administration’s disastrous “American Rescue Plan.”

The final “American Rescue Plan” totaled a whopping 1.9 trillion dollars, while only 9% of the total funds was allocated to directly combating Covid-19. The law includes funds allocated to fulfill liberal pipedreams, including $270 million for the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, $112 million for a subway system in Silicon Valley and $1.5 million for a bridge from New York into Canada. Even the White House Press Secretary said it’s “the most progressive piece of legislation in history.”

NJGOP Chairman Michael Lavery issued the following statement:

“No amount of grandstanding from Biden administration officials will make this bill an actual COVID relief bill. The Biden administration can continue to call it a COVID relief bill all they want, but New Jerseyans and Americans know that this bill allocates a majority of the funds to liberal pipedreams while less than 10% is actually being spent on crushing the virus. This bill will burden our taxpayers with additional debt and taxes that our children will be paying for. New Jersey and our country deserves better than this progressive wishlist with the word “relief” tacked on to it.”

Andy Kim Silent as Dark Money Flows to NJ-03

March 12, 2021

Trenton: Reports indicate that House Majority Forward will be launching an “ad blitz” in NJ-3 in support of Rep. Andy Kim. In 2019 House Majority Forward was launched as an affiliate of House Majority PAC, a Super PAC focused on electing Democrats to the House of Representatives.

House Majority PAC is Nancy Pelosi’s Super PAC that accepts unlimited contributions.

House Majority Forward is a dark money group and does not disclose its donors.

Rep. Andy Kim is a vocal opponent of dark money in politics, but appears to be okay with House Majority Forward, and others, funnelling dark money into the 3rd district on his behalf.

Chairman Michael Lavery issued the following statement:

“Andy Kim says he opposes dark money in politics, then turns around and accepts these dark money groups spending heavily in the Third District. Andy Kim is saying one thing, doing another, and the people of Burlington and Ocean County deserve better. Kim needs to publicly denounce the spending of this dark money group in his district, or just simply say he’s no longer opposed to dark money in politics. He can’t have it both ways.”

Sherrill Silent On Campaign Donor Cuomo’s #MeToo Scandals

March 5, 2021

Trenton: In addition to joining Governor Murphy in ordering COVID-positive patients back into nursing homes, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is an admitted sexual harasser, and leading Democrats are calling for his resignation.

Mikie Sherrill accepted a major campaign contribution from Governor Cuomo’s PAC. She has also previously accepted several large contributions from Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer, Rodgin Cohen. 

NJGOP Executive Director Phil Valenziano issued the following statement:

“Congresswoman Sherrill talks a good game about #MeToo, but has been short on action as a culture of harassment surrounds Governor Murphy. Now that Governor Cuomo has admitted to sexually inappropriate comments, and been credibly accused of harassment three times, Sherrill needs to join in the calls for his resignation, and return the campaign funds he’s sent her way. If not, NJ11 will rightly see her words as hollow, and no doubt remember them next fall.”