TRENTON, NJ - While yesterday there was some confusion as to the state of the parks between Hawthorne and Passaic County officials, Governor Phil Murphy announced at his daily press conference that he was signing an executive order closing all state and county parks effective 8:00 p.m., rendering the matter moot.

"I am signing an order, and I don't do it lightly and I don't do it with any joy, to close all state and county parks in the state of New Jersey," Murphy said.  "We have seen far too many instances where people are gathering in groups in our parks, erroneously thinking since they're outside, that social distancing doesn't matter.  Nothing could be further from the truth."

Murphy continued, "We understand that staying at home is hard, we get that, you need to get some fresh air, but you must do this close to home.  Talk a walk or bike ride in your neighborhood, or a park in your town that is open.  By the way, the decision... of municipal parks to be open or closed is up to the municipality."

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Goffle Brook Park is owned and maintained by Passaic County. 

"Don't travel... to someone else's parks, we need 100% compliance to flatten the curve and unfortunately that requires us to now take this step.  Again, don't think that I take this action lightly.  Some of my fondest memories with my own children and Tammy are beautiful spring days in parks playing soccer, going for a run, enjoying our family, but my focus and our sole mission right now is the health of every New Jersey family.  We must not just flatten this curve, we must crush this curve."

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