NEW JERSEY – Senator Steven Oroho urged Governor Phil Murphy to work with businesses and industries that have already produced detailed plans to reopen safely and get New Jerseyans back to work instead of waiting on additional bureaucratic government committees that will only delay our economic recovery.
“Individual employers and industry groups representing tens of thousands of small businesses have been hard at work since day one of the shutdown nearly two months ago producing detailed plans that would allow them to reopen safely as soon as restrictions are lifted,” Oroho (R-24) said. “No one is advocating reopening without appropriate safety protocols in place, but every day we delay another business will never reopen its doors.”
The New Jersey Business Coalition, a collection of 80 business and nonprofit groups, submitted a detailed plan to Governor Murphy and the Legislature for a phased reopening of the New Jersey economy, Oroho said.
Additionally, a number of large trade associations have produced detailed plans of their own that address the specific needs of their industries to keep both workers and customers safe, Oroho said.
The governor has created a committee that is supposed to produce recommendations for reopening, although no timeline for a plan has been announced. Also it’s troubling that no small business advocate has representation on the governor’s committee, Oroho said.
“I urge the governor to heed the advice and expertise of employers and industries that have produced thoughtful, detailed plans to get back to work safely,” Oroho said. “Financial ruin acts like a pestilence too. Our economic health and physical health must be balanced. It can’t be either or. Frankly, the administration is late to the game in working on coming up with an actionable plan. We should be thankful that business and industry has already done our homework for us. We can certainly fine tune plans, but let’s start putting them into motion now.”