As the state starts to see signs of the curve of new COVID-19 cases beginning to flatten, Murphy pleaded with people Monday to continue to stay at home unless travel is necessary and to social distance.
“We know who you are and we will not relent,” Murphy said during his daily coronavirus press briefing, referencing the Pink Floyd cover band concert in Rumson where attendees hurled criticism at police who arrived to break it up. They criticisms included “F-the police” and “welcome to Nazi Germany.”
“So vile and so unacceptable. I just cannot fathom,” the governor said. “To all the jackasses out there and all the knuckleheads out there, get with the program.”
In the Rumson incident, the accused host of the impromptu concert John Maldjian, 54, was charged with disorderly persons offenses of reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and charges related to violating the emergency orders, according to the state Attorney General’s Office. Officers were called Saturday night to an “unfortunate” report of 30 people on the lawn of a home on Blackpoint Road, near Wood Lane, Rumson police said in a statement.
Acting State Police Superintendent Patrick Callahan said Monday people who engage in that sort of activity should think about what it means for others in the state.
“If nothing else, think that your actions at a gathering like that may lead to somebody not getting a ventilator,” Callahan said about the potential to spread coronavirus. “These parties may lead to somebody not being on a ventilator and that’s the truth of it.”
Murphy announced Monday New Jersey’s deaths from the coronavirus increased to to least 1,003, while health officials announced the total COVID-19 positive tests jumped to at least 41,090 in the last 24 hours.
The governor has called violators of the restrictions members of the “knucklehead hall of shame,” as the state works to limit the spread of the virus.
Newark police said Monday that cops closed 44 businesses found in violation of the state’s coronavirus orders and have issued more than 800 summonses.
The governor has also lashed out at people who say they have the virus and then cough, spit or drool on police officers.
“If you engage in such reckless behaviors you are going to face, at the very least, fines of up to $10,000 and up to 18 months in jail,” Murphy said at a news briefing last week.
He also the police would continue to crackdown on people who ignore orders to stay indoors unless necessary and not gather in public to help curb the spread of the virus.
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