TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has extended his executive powers for another 30 days by declaring a public health emergency in New Jersey for the 14th consecutive time.
“Our vaccination program is expanding vigorously and quickly, but COVID-19 remains a threat to New Jerseyans,” said Murphy in an April 15 statement announcing the latest executive order. “As we move to extend vaccine eligibility to all residents of our state, the need for all available resources could not be more important.”
Originally declared on March 9, 2020, the executive order declaring a public health emergency was previously extended last year on April 7, May 6, June 4, July 2, August 1 and August 27, September 25, October 24, November 22 and December 21, and then this year on January 19 and February 17 and March 17.
The new Executive Order 235 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, according to the governor's office.
Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed. Click here for Executive Order 235.