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Warren County Commissioner James Kern slams Gov. Murphy for executive order mandating vaccination and eliminating weekly testing option for employees in congregate settings

WARREN COUNTY, NJ – Warren County Commissioner James Kern III has issued a statement in response to Governor Phil Murphy’s most recent executive order.

The order (EO No. 283) eliminates the weekly testing option for employees in “high-risk congregate settings” and mandates vaccination.  Congregate settings include county correctional facilities and those employees will have until February 16th to get their first dose and March 30th to complete the vaccination process.

“A significant percentage of Warren County correctional officers remain unvaccinated,” Kern said.  “With this executive order, we may not be able to maintain a 24/7 facility. We are currently assessing the situation.”

In addition, Warren County houses Hunterdon County’s inmates. This consolidation between the two began in 2020 when Hunterdon County began contracting with Warren County instead of Somerset for correctional facility services, Kern said.

“Will the Governor be providing us additional officers or will the state be paying to transport prisoners to a location that can remain open? Once again we are made aware of major policy changes via press conference. It appears the second term of the Murphy Administration will be just like the first,” Kern said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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