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NJ Politician Asks Police To Issue Gov. Murphy A Citation For Defying Social Distancing

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New Jersey Assemblyman Jay Webber accused the State’s Governor Phil Murphy of “brazenly defying” his own executive order that limits outdoor groups to 25 people amid COVID-19 and is asking the that the police hold him accountable for it, in a letter sent to the State’s Police Superintendent Col. Patrick J. Callahan on Monday.

“Photographic and written evidence on social media indicated that one Philip Dunton Murphy of Middletown openly and brazenly defied Executive Order 148by purposely, repeatedly, and wantonly associating with others in groups of greater than 25 individuals, and aiding and abetting such behavior,” Webber wrote.

“Consistent with the treatment of other individuals who have committed similar acts, that behavior appears to merit a criminal citation for violations pursuant to N.J.S.A. App.A 9-49(h) and 9-50.”

Governor Murphy attended two Black Lives Matter protests Sunday in response to the tragic death of George Floyd.

When asked during Monday’s news conference about the appearance of selective enforcement of the order, Murphy told reporters that the issue is in the hands of local law enforcement and implied that racism is more pressing than COVID-19.

“This is up to local law enforcement in any case. I believe it’s true. And if it’s not true, I stand corrected. In any other non anti-racism protest that I’m aware of that was related to COVID-19 that’s occurred. A. there have been few citations, but B. they’re directed only at the organizers. I walked away from Hillside, I walked away from Westfield. I’m gonna say a couple thousand in Hillside and probably more than that in Westfield,” Murphy explained.

There were 130 protests held over the weekend, he added.

Murphy continued, “This is a moment in time perhaps unlike any in our nation’s history. There is an overwhelming amount of anger and passion. And, by the way, it’s all incredibly peaceful,  overwhelmingly so, particularly in New Jersey and we should be very proud of that. I can’t imagine what it would look like if we said to people ‘you have to stay in, you have to ignore systemic racism, I’m sorry, just ignore it, just stay inside, you can’t go out and voice your anger, your rightful anger. I can’t imagine what that looks like as it relates to public safety.”

“I think this is literally unique in our nation’s history. I do think this is an inflection point. I do believe this does feel differently this time. Please, God, it does.”

Col. Callahan echoed the Governor’s response, saying that it’s up to local law enforcement. Violating the EO could result in up to 6 months in prison time, a $1,000 fine, or both, Webber noted in his letter.

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MS-13 operates as the heavy hand for drug cartels in the U.S.

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Continuity Global Solutions CEO Jerry Torres shared his insight on the rise of cartels at the border with Sara Carter. According to his experience as a defense contractor and documentarian, immigrants aren’t leaving their countries because of the cartels, but for economic opportunity. 

“I’ve met with our special operations forces,” Torres told Carter on the latest episode of The Sara Carter Show. “They have been training on the El Salvador and Special Operations folks, and I met with the deputy director of their special ops folks there. And they said there are no MS-13 here. There might be pockets of them here and there in small neighborhoods, but they pretty much wiped them out.”

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Yet, the Biden administration considers the treat of MS-13 a pillar of their lax immigration policy. Instead, Torres says they’re not a threat at all. The locals actually get along fine despite the organized crime. “They’re not in fear of their country, they’re not in fear of the police, they’re not in fear of MS- 13. They just want a better life,” Torres said. “And the thing is, is if you take a look at what they’re claiming asylum, well, asylum is not for economic reasons.”

Meanwhile, the cartel has taken on a new role: human trafficking. Immigrants aren’t afraid of MS-13 because they turn to them for advice. Sara Carter has been reporting on this symbiotic relationship for years. “They’re basically rehearsing with a lot of the people, the migrants that are coming across, this is what you need to say, when you get across. This is what you need to ask for, or you won’t be able to stay,” Carter said. “So it’s kind of like a dress rehearsal of sorts. Before they come here, they are taught: what are our loopholes and what do you need to say.”

Under the Trump administration, the Department of Justice established a task force to fight the murders and other serious crimes committed by MS-13 members.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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