WAYNE, NJ — The State of New Jersey is suing the city of Asbury Park for defying the Governor’s executive orders. The Asbury Park city council voted to allow restaurants to serve patrons indoors and this goes against Gov. Phil Murphy’s reopening plan. Wayne Township, under Mayor Chris Vergano’s leadership, is planning graduation ceremonies also in defiance of Murphy’s Orders.
Should this same kind of lawsuit be a concern to Wayne Township?
“What’s happening in Asbury Park is a different matter,” said Mayor Chris Vergano. “They adopted an ordinance that is in defiance of one of the Governor’s executive orders. Our assembly of people is more than is permitted by one of his executive orders. One has really nothing to do with the other.”
Vergano was asked if New Jersey has threatened Wayne Township with a lawsuit. “We have been in communication with the state,” Vergano replied vaguely.
Are you worried about a lawsuit? “I’m not worried. If it happens, it happens, and we will defend our position,” the Mayor said. “We’ll have to see what happens on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. As of now we are still going forward with our plan.”
The state’s lawsuit against Asbury Park comes after attempting to work with the city council, according to Murphy.
Murphy, during a press briefing, declined to comment further on the legal proceedings against Asbury Park or whether he would send State Police to shut down businesses, commenting only that safety is paramount to moving forward.
“We have one set of rules, and they are based on one principle: ensuring public health," he said.
TAPinto will be following this developing story.
Contribution to the article by M.E. CAGNASSOLA