TRENTON - Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove are calling on Governor Murphy to take swift action and direct the necessary resources to Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) facilities that were overwhelmed on the first day of opening after closing during the state of emergency.
Connors, Rumpf & Gove called on Gov. Murphy to take swift action and direct the necessary resources to MVC facilities that were overwhelmed on the first day of opening after closing during the state of emergency. (NJMVC)
“The debacle that was yesterday’s reopening of state Motor Vehicle Commission facilities is completely unacceptable. Motorists who were forced to stand in lines for hours have every right to be infuriated. Motorists who have to go to a facility in the near future are right to demand corrective action so hours-long wait times is not the new normal.
“These facilities were shuttered for months, allowing the state more than ample time to plan for the reopening process. It is obvious that Commission employees who were not working but still being paid should have been better utilized during that time period. Instead, what took place is widely described as ‘chaos.’
“The Murphy Administration needs to move quickly and decisively to ensure that process for Motor Vehicle Commission services does not become another unemployment fiasco. For months, our District Office has taken phone calls from more than 1,300 constituents regarding their inability to get through to the Department of Labor to have their unemployment claims processed.
“Just as it was evident then that the Department of Labor needed more resources to process unemployment claims, it is evident now that the Motor Vehicle Commission is severely under-resourced for the task at hand. The current furloughing of state employees cannot be used as an excuse. These employees should have been furloughed when the state mostly closed down, not as the state is in the process of reopening.”