ROSELLE PARK, NJ - During his Friday afternoon COVID-19 briefing Governor Murphy announced that schools should plan to reopen this fall with extra precautions in place.  “Yes we have every expectation that our kids will return to their schools come September,” Governor Murphy announced. “Our public schools will be open for in person instruction and operations, in some capacity with the health of students, their families and educators being the top priority.”   The topic of school reopening dominated the Roselle Park Council meeting held earlier this week.

During Thursday night’s Roselle Park Council meeting Assemblyman Jon M. Bramnick (R) addressed concerns from Councilwoman Negron regarding school reopening in September saying that if schools do not reopen then parents cannot go back to work.

“Most of these decisions have been made by the governor, with his staff. There has not been ongoing discussions as to how those decisions should be made.” Bramnick said, noting that both Democrats and Republicans have made similar objections to the lack of collaboration. 

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“No, there's been little interaction between members of the legislature and members of the governor's cabinet on those decisions.” Bramnick added that he doesn’t think that closing New Jersey down a second time is likely.

“It would be very difficult to shut down again,” Bramnick told the council. “I think the only circumstances where we would ever go backwards is where the hospitals were totally overwhelmed. I don’t see that happening, because people are very different now than they were on March 1.”

Phase 2 of the governor’s reopening plan began a week ago as numbers of new positive cases have continued to drop.