TRENTON,NJ — New Jersey state police were busy over July 4 weekend.
Police Superintendent Col. Pat Callahan said Monday during NJ’s coronavirus update that — outside of matters handled by local authorities — state officers responded to nine shootings, including 10 victims resulting in three deaths, and made 74 arrests on charges of driving-while-intoxicated.
Meanwhile, he highlighted three COVID-19 executive order violations: a Linden gym owner who remained open despite ongoing restrictions, a Burlington city restaurant that hosted roughly 500 people in a parking lot and others “dancing and congregating indoors,” and a citation for a Paterson restaurant and bar owner, who allowed for indoor dining.
While the barring of indoor dining was expected to be lifted this month, Gov. Phil Murphy recently changed course.
“I'm all for dancing, [but] that sort of stuff indoors that can't happen,” Murphy said after Callahan’s outline. “That can't happen. That's exactly why Arizona and Florida and Texas and other places are exploding because they allow congregation to happen indoors.”
Fireworks led to nine injuries throughout the state: six serious and three minor.
Between Friday and Saturday, there were also six fatal motor vehicle crashes.
“Most of you know there was a protest in an attempt to shut down the AC Expressway, but that was a generally peaceful protest,” Callahan said. “Six people total were arrested there. With regard to fireworks, we’re sad to say we had a reported death from a gentleman in Jersey City who got struck in the neck by a firework and it killed him.”
Hoping to end on a positive note, Callahan also referenced the rescue of a woman who’s jet ski malfunctioned near Barnegat Light.
“Her family put out a missing persons report and our aviation troopers went up and found her by Clam Island…She had been out there a few hours and actually hoisted her to safety and flew her over to the US Coast Guard Station where she was reunited with her family.”