Senator Doherty: Governor’s Restrictions On Worship “Trample On Constitution”

Senator Michael Doherty said Governor Phil Murphy should lift restrictions on religious services that led to a New Jersey church being cited for violations of his executive order prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people.

“Governor Murphy keeps saying he’s guided by science in his decision making, but why is 10 the magic number for the amount of people who can gather safely in churches, temples, mosques, or synagogues?” Doherty (R-23) asked. “If so-called ‘essential retail’ stores can operate safely at half of their stated capacity, why can’t houses of worship be trusted to operate with similar precautions? Governor Murphy needs to stop eviscerating the Constitution and allow houses of worship to operate like other essential services.”

At a briefing with the governor yesterday, the superintendent of the New Jersey State Police said a church in Clementon was cited for holding services inside a church with more than 10 people.

“People have a constitutional right to practice religion and that right should not be impeded through overly restrictive executive orders,” added Doherty. “It’s ridiculous that the governor’s orders allow New Jerseyans to buy lumber or a tennis racket at a big box store, but prohibit the exercise of constitutionally protected religious freedoms. It’s increasingly clear that legislative oversight is necessary to limit abuses of executive power.”

More than 3,000 people have signed an online petition run by Senator Doherty calling for the governor to allow religious services to resume in New Jersey with reasonable precautions.


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There are 2 Comments to "Senator Doherty: Governor’s Restrictions On Worship “Trample On Constitution”"

  • Mordekhai says:

    Dear Governor Murray,
    State of New Jersey want reopen the America. It’s loss for State of NJ and we demand reopen it. The virus Is mostly gone. We demand freedom and reopening everything. People cannot suffered with this closing of state of NJ. Democratic Party is terrible .

  • voter says:

    Why should a huge room have the same 10 people limitation as a small room! Rules made by small brains and huge egos!