The Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders have issued a letter to Governor Phil Murphy asking him to reconsider his decision to not move forward with the plan to allow indoor dining and to specifically allow establishments in the northwestern part of the state for the Fourth of July weekend.
Freeholder Director Shaun C. Van Doren
stated, “Numerous restaurants in Hunterdon County and across the state of New Jersey continue to face severe economic hardship and despite their best efforts they have faced challenges in offering outdoor dining. Now they have invested in preparations for indoor dining only to have the rug pulled out at the last moment”.
Deputy Freeholder Director Susan Soloway
stated, “While initially dismissed by the governor’s office, the regional reopening plan was sound public policy that should have been strongly considered by Governor Murphy. The Hunterdon County Freeholder board has all along sought to provide reasonable ideas to restart our state’s economy in a responsible manner — whether it be retail curbside pickup, appointment-based shopping, (or) a regional reopening strategy.”