Governor Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency in New Jersey For 12th Time

Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 222 which extends the Public Health Emergency that was originally declared on March 9, 2020 and previously extended in 2020 on April 7, May 6, June 4, July 2, August 1, August 27, September 25, October 24, November 22, and December 21, and again in 2021 on January 19. Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed.

“Extending the public health emergency allows the Department of Health to continue its vaccination efforts, including prioritizing high-risk individuals, promoting adequate staffing at vaccination sites, and overseeing second dose administration,” said Governor Murphy. “Today’s action gives us the ability to continue our ongoing COVID-19 mitigation efforts while also vaccinating New Jersey residents as quickly and safely as possible.”

Today’s Executive Order extends all Executive Orders issued under the Governor’s authority under the Emergency Health Powers Act. It also extends all actions taken by any Executive Branch departments and agencies in response to the Public Health Emergency presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.

When the new Public Health Emergency is set to expire, New Jersey will have been under a Public Health Emergency for a full year.

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  1. I don’t get it. If democracy can’t work during a 12 month pandemic, then how can we trust democracy to work any other time? Why not just make Murphy king for life? Who needs a legislature anyway?
    Over 20 states are now pushing legislation to limit their govonors’ powers to a specific time limit. Where is New Jersey’s legislature on this?

  2. what we need now is vaccines not just for the upper class in north jersey and the tourists in atlantic city we need enough vaccines to get regular jersey residents out of the current threat of an abbreviated summer or no summer semester at all

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