While state governments strive to protect the lives of their residents, locals are putting everyone in danger by hosting large gatherings. But New Jersey residents felt they had to break the social distancing guidelines and host the marriage between two lovers that had been planned to happen for months. But New Jersey police took Governor Phil Murphy’s ban on gatherings larger than fifty people to heart – and busted into backyard weddings across New Jersey dispersed the lovers and their family members.
Police reports indicate that the cops were happy to obey the governor’s order to disband any gatherings of fifty or more people. Because the order was made in reference to the Centers for Disease Control’s social distancing guidelines, New Jersey police had to obey despite the fact that New Jersey residents were gathering to celebrate love through marriage.
New Jersey police dispersed multiple backyard weddings over the weekend. Last Tuesday, they broke up two weddings. On Thursday, they stopped another couple from getting married, then on Friday, the police raided the home of Eliyohu Zaks, 49, for hosting a wedding.
Zaks was charged with maintaining a nuisance. He was hosting a wedding.
“The Lakewood Police is asking that its citizens be responsible and obey the directives set forth by the State of New Jersey for the safety and health of all. Those that choose not to will be subject to criminal prosecution,” police said in a statement, according to KYW.
The Lakewood police are busy. Many New Jersey residents are openly in defiance about the order to suspend gatherings of fifty people or larger. This means that the police have to work to break up family gatherings to protect the elderly and the baby boomers.
Lakewood Capt. Gregory Staffordsmith cannot believe New Jersey residents are disobeying the order to suspend these large gatherings.
“(COVID-19) has presented its own unprecedented challenges to law enforcement this week. However, the Lakewood Police Department, along with our local, county, and state counterparts, have adapted and will continue to provide the best service we can in the safest manner possible for all parties. We encourage everyone to engage in behavior that will help prevent its spread. The Lakewood Police are asking that its citizens be responsible and obey the directives set forth by the State of New Jersey for the safety and health of all. Those who choose not to will be subject to criminal prosecution.”
Governor Phil Murphy is taking a hard stance to curb the spread of COVID-19. The Democrat does not want to let his people get sicker than they need to.
“It is time to cut the crap,” the tough governor said. “We simply cannot have this, whether it’s weddings, funerals, baptisms. … It has to be enforced and it will be enforced aggressively. It’s not because we’re trying to be jerks. It’s because we’re trying to lessen the stress on the health care system.”
Governor Murphy is fighting to keep his nine million New Jersey residents safe. What do you think about New Jersey cops arresting people for hosting weddings?
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