Sunday, May 16, 2021

Poll: Kamala Harris Is VERY Unpopular!


Why That Philly DA Vote Is SO Important!



Dear Neighbor,


Did you catch this open letter? We are being told it's the most moving and important piece for voters who are undecided to read. Think you might support Krasner for District Attorney, but have heard some bad things about him? Make sure to read the below.



My name is Tom Mandracchia. Back in 2017, I supported Larry Krasner for Philly District Attorney. I even worked under him as a prosecutor from 2018-2020. He promised much needed criminal justice reform. He claimed we could stay safe in Philadelphia. I considered him a man of courage and integrity. And even up till a few months ago, I thought I would support him for re-election again come the May 18 Democratic primary.


I now need to apologize for ever having supported Larry Krasner. Everything I believed about him was wrong: he is not a reformer, he is not a good person, and he has categorically failed to keep Philly safe. 


Working under Larry Krasner in his office for two years, I saw how arrogant, elitist, aloof, and impersonal he is. This is not a unique perspective; even many who "like" him for his policies find him unlikable. I also learned first hand that his office is dysfunctional. There was poor training for incoming ADA’s (to the extent it even existed), little concern for employee well-being, and few-to-no consequences for the countless mistakes his prosecutors made due to their lack of training, guidance, and experience. 


To be clear, I don't blame the attorneys. I love so many people from that office: those with passion, talent, and drive. I blame Larry Krasner. Larry Krasner sets his people up for failure.


Larry Krasner’s D.A.’s office was not just an awful place to work. These mistakes are getting people killed. Real people, across Philadelphia’s most marginalized neighborhoods, are suffering. Crime, including murder, is on pace to be the highest since the mid-1990s. You read that right: mid-1990s. While Krasner takes zero blame for this due to the pandemic, he knows he is responsible for much of this increase. His office is in shambles, and people like me were unable to do our jobs effectively under him.


crime, and no punishment


Larry Krasner’s conviction rate for serious crime is below 50%, far worse than the office’s rate has ever been. Think of the victims involved in these crimes, living a life without any justice or closure for their loss and trauma. No prosecutor's office that is led like this can effectively enforce laws OR create lasting reform. The state of Krasner's office plainly contributes to the violence and death in our streets. But he lacks the leadership skills to claim any responsibility. 


What's worse, Larry Krasner is trying to win reelection through blatant lies.


Carlos Vega, his opponent, is a former homicide prosecutor with an exemplary record. Carlos has never once had a misconduct action brought against him. Carlos has never even had one of his convictions overturned on appeal for misconduct. Carlos has always represented the interest of victims and the people of Philadelphia in the courtroom, as well as hold bad cops accountable when few others were willing to do so. Larry Krasner fired Carlos due to a personal grudge. 


But Krasner will say that Carlos tried to prosecute a man he knew was innocent, Anthony Wright. This is a shameful lie because Krasner knows the Innocence Project never recommended Carlos for disciplinary action in that case. Krasner has the Wright case file in his own office, but has never recommended Carlos for disciplinary action. Larry Krasner will not retract the lie because he lacks any integrity.


Krasner has pushed the disingenuous accusation that Carlos will bring Philadelphia back to the days of police commissioner Rizzo, when Carlos was a child and many of us were not born yet. Krasner supporters are calling Carlos’ supporters evil and racist for supporting a Latino man -- the first Latino homicide prosecutor in all of Pennsylvania -- who worked to exonerate George Cortes as recently as 2016. Carlos has also put two dirty cops behind bars -- something Larry Krasner has failed to do as D.A., despite needlessly antagonizing the law enforcement agencies he needs to work with to stop violence.


Here’s what I’ve learned from working as a prosecutor: real progressives listen to people who are marginalized. Of course, the people of the City want criminal justice reform. But while Larry Krasner downplays the crime spike, Black, Hispanic, and Asian people in Philadelphia are deeply concerned with the violence they face and the way this violence ensures economic inequity and decline. To the rich folks supporting Krasner from California, shootings and homicides are statistics. To Philadelphians, they are brothers, sisters, parents, and children. 


Carlos listens. He understands that reform and ending violence are coequal priorities. Safe communities will not take a back seat in his agenda, the way for elites like Larry Krasner who already live in safe communitiesThat’s why I’m asking you: please listen. Please consider the voices of real people who are crying out more and more for reform and safety when you cast your vote on May 18th.


I understand why some want to hold out hope that Krasner is the answer. I know that feeling well. 


But even putting the violence aside and focusing on reform alone for a moment, we must grapple with the fact that Larry Krasner is simply bad at what he does, making many believe that reform itself leads to chaos. In reality, he himself leads to chaos. He has already harmed the reform movement’s image so much with his personal incompetence. Not only will the reform movement survive if we reject Krasner; we need to reject Krasner if anyone is to take the reform movement seriously moving forward.


I know Carlos Vega. He is a real, responsible reformer. You can read his reforms and ideas here. Also, he understands how to run an office and bring justice for serious violent crimes, which people across Philadelphia are calling out for. 


I need everyone in Philly to do three things. And, if you don't live here, tell your Philly friends to do these things:

  1. Donate to Carlos Vega's campaign if you can.
  2. Plan to vote for Carlos Vega on May 18, or early by mail.
  3. Spread the word to your friends and family who are registered Democrats in Philadelphia, including by forwarding this emailand sharing your support for Carlos on social media.


Too often, elections feel like the lesser of two evils. Not this time: a vote for Krasner is a vote for an out-of-touch elitist who has failed in so many heartbreaking ways. A vote for Carlos Vega is a vote for a man with an incredible reputation for integrity, competence, and compassion.


Thank you for reading this.


Thomas C. Mandracchia, Esq.

Former A.D.A under Larry Krasner

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Yes, We Will Fight For Columbus AND Our Heritage!

Don't Forget This Fine Candidate On Tuesday!


An In-Depth Conversation With Jay Webber

Don't miss our chat with New Jersey Assemblyman Jay Webber. This in depth conversation hosted by Save Jersey's indefatigable Matt Rooney, is revealing, animated, informative and wonderfully candid. 
You'll learn much about Assemblyman Webber who's one of the most accomplished, determined and principled members of the state legislature. Webber not only looks the part of a distinguished and focused public servant but he fully inhabits the role. With unquestioned character, high standards and tireless service, he honors his constituents. 

Friday, May 14, 2021

Murphy's Orders 'Have Nothing To Do With Science'

New Jersey State Senator Holly Schepisi said Governor Phil Murphy should follow updated guidance issued yesterday by the CDC to remove mask and social distancing requirements for those who are vaccinated.

Sen. Holly Schepisi said Gov. Phil Murphy should follow updated guidance issued yesterday by the CDC to remove mask and social distancing requirements for those who are vaccinated. (Pixabay)

“The CDC offered clear guidance yesterday that there’s no need from a public health perspective for people who are vaccinated to wear masks or social distance indoors or outdoors, even around unvaccinated people,” said Schepisi (R-39). “The CDC says they are basing their new guidance on scientific studies that demonstrate vaccinated people are protected from the virus and incapable of transmitting it to others. There’s absolutely no justification for Governor Murphy to maintain burdensome restrictions that are not supported by science.”

In response to questions about when he would lift New Jersey’s outdated restrictions, Governor Murphy was quoted by today as saying, “I would guess in a matter of weeks we’ll get to the point where we can comfortably say inside, no matter what, you’re okay.”

Schepisi questioned the governor’s reasoning for maintaining unnecessary mandates for weeks longer.

“Governor Murphy’s level of comfort has nothing to do with science and it shouldn’t be used as the measure for maintaining restrictions that impact nine-million New Jerseyans,” Schepisi added. “According to the CDC, the science doesn’t support waiting weeks, it supports lifting unjustified mandates today.”

Just In Case You Were Wondering . . .


State Senator Says Murphy 'Has Lost All Credibility!'

New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio issued the following statement after Governor Phil Murphy refused to follow CDC guidance by removing unnecessary mask and social distancing requirement that the federal agency says are unnecessary:

“Governor Murphy promised that he would lift mask and social distancing requirements when the CDC said it was safe. He said science and data would always drive policy. Despite the CDC saying yesterday there’s no scientific basis or need for vaccinated people to continue wearing masks or social distancing in most situations, Governor Murphy still refuses to eliminate restrictions. He said it could be ‘a matter of weeks’ before he changes the rules in New Jersey. If the CDC says the science supports unmasking today, Governor Murphy cannot claim that maintaining these restrictions serves any legitimate purpose. Frankly, he’s lost all credibility on the matter.”

CIA, US Army Debut Woke, Lefty, 'Safe Place' Ads

First it was a woke CIA recruitment ad featuring a gay CIA librarian with lots of self-conscious talk about "inclusion" invoking all the right lefty nomenclature.
Now comes a US Army animated recruitment ad about "a little girl raised by two moms" who joins the Army. This too drips with self-centered, preachy rhetoric that's all about "me, me, me!" 
One CIA ad even features an officer emphasizing that she is the daughter of immigrants, “a woman of color … a millennial who’s been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder,” and “intersectional.” “I refuse to internalize misguided patriarchal ideas of what a woman can or should be,” she says.
Observers have noted that these ads don't seem to have very much to do with what you can do for your country but, rather, what your country can do for you: how it can "validate" you and show you caring and "acceptance" and, we suppose, some sort of genteel preference. They appear to be all about how the Army or the CIA need to embrace your view of the world (and presumably, your ideology) rather than the other way around. Whew, you'd hardly know we were talking about undercover spies and deadly fighting machines here, would you?
Nowhere in these ads is patriotism or love of country mentioned. Nowhere!
The ads are weak, patronizing, confusing and embarrassing! 

It's Happening, Much Like We Said It Would!


Pennsylvania: End Enhanced Jobless Benefits!

In response to the worsening labor crisis devastating Pennsylvania's economy, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Jeff Bartos called for the end of the federal enhanced unemployment program. Bartos also called on Gov. Tom Wolf to follow the lead of Republican Governors around the country and immediately suspend payment of the federal subsidy of unemployment, given that it is disincentivizing workers to reenter the labor force. 

Bartos slammed Wolf's contribution to the labor crisis, making it impossible for businesses to recover from Wolf's lockdowns, and called on politicians to get serious about getting our commonwealth back to work: 

“The time has come and gone for enhanced unemployment. Small businesses who struggled to get through the past year now can't find adequate staffing and are once again struggling to survive. In the interest of helping small businesses survive, I am calling on Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and Joe Biden to end enhanced unemployment benefits," said Bartos, "I am also calling on Governor Wolf to follow the lead of Republican Governors across the country and opt-out of the federal program now. After locking our commonwealth down, putting working families out of a job, and crushing the hopes and dreams of small business owners across Pennsylvania, the least he could do is take concrete steps towards getting our economy back on track. It's time to end the madness and get Pennsylvanians back to work.” 

"Pennsylvania small businesses are facing their second extinction-level event in as many years at the hands of out-of-touch Democrat politicians. I have visited dozens of small businesses in the past six weeks across 40 counties, and have yet to meet one business owner who can find employees to fill all open positions," continued Bartos, "Politicians need to fix the labor crisis that they created, stop interfering in our dynamic economy, and get out of the way."

Born and raised in Berks County, Jeff Bartos has been a Pennsylvania resident his entire life. Bartos is a small business owner and real estate developer active in the Greater Philadelphia market. Jeff and his wife, Sheryl, have two daughters, Emily and Sarah. Jeff was the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor in 2018, and served as the Board Chair of the Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund, a non-profit saving small businesses in Pennsylvania, until February of 2021. To learn more about Jeff and his campaign for U.S. Senate, please visit

Oh, The Awful Tradeoff You've Made, America!


At Least One Bush Gets It Right - HOORAY!


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Biden Disapproval Outpaces Approval By 10%

Biden is slipping in the polls as problems pile up: gas shortages, disappointing jobs numbers, inflation and Israel under attack, to name a few.

Meanwhile, Biden appears to be MIA.

Anyway, the Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll for Friday shows that 49% of likely U.S. voters approve of President Biden’s job performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove.

But here's the important part: the latest figures include 30% who strongly approve of the job Biden is doing but 40% who strongly disapprove. This gives him a presidential approval index rating of -10. 

Approval of Biden's presidential performance peaked in mid-February, when his total approval reached 53% versus 43% total disapproval. It's pretty much been downhill ever since.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

To Say He's 'Struggling' Would Be VERY Kind!


For Those Of Us Who Still Miss Her . . .


This Is About Where Things Stand Right Now . . .

The Miraculous Ascension Of The Lord!

Jesus said to his disciples:

“Go into the whole world
and proclaim the gospel to every creature.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;
whoever does not believe will be condemned.
These signs will accompany those who believe:
in my name they will drive out demons,
they will speak new languages.
They will pick up serpents with their hands,
and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.
They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them,
was taken up into heaven
and took his seat at the right hand of God.
But they went forth and preached everywhere,
while the Lord worked with them
and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Time For NJ Health Commissioner To Testify!

New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio called for a bipartisan legislative oversight hearing to be held to review the New Jersey Department of Health’s pandemic response after Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said yesterday she would be willing to participate.

Health Commissioner Persichilli refused to attend a March 5 hearing chaired by Sen. Joe Pennacchio where veterans home residents and families who lost loved ones in nursing homes were hoping for answers. (NJ Senate Republicans/Facebook)

“It’s been over a year since I first called for a bipartisan committee to look into directives issued by the Murphy administration and the Department of Health that led to thousands of deaths in our nursing homes,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Yesterday, Commissioner Persichilli said publicly during a budget hearing that she’d be willing to testify in a bipartisan oversight hearing. I urge my colleagues in the Senate Democratic Majority to waste no time in scheduling the comprehensive hearing that the Health Commissioner has finally agreed to attend.”

Pennacchio first called for legislative oversight of the Murphy administration’s pandemic response in early May of last year. On May 11, 2020, he introduced a resolution to create a bipartisan Senate Select Committee on the Executive Branch’s Response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When Democrats continued to stall action, Pennacchio led a series of independent hearings this March to examine the administration’s efforts, including a hearing focused on management failures and tragic directives that led to massive outbreaks and thousands of deaths in New Jersey’s nursing homes and veterans homes.

Commissioner Persichilli and Democrat legislators declined an invitation to participate in the March 5 hearing, which included facility residents, advocates, and family members who were looking for answers.

When questioned at a budget hearing yesterday by Senator Michael Testa (R-1) on her refusal to participate in the independent hearing, the commissioner said, “We’re ready to appear before bipartisan committees any time one is put together.”

Video of Testa’s exchange with Commissioner Persichilli begins approximately 02:06:30 into the budget hearing.

Given the many difficulty families and legislators have had in getting straight answers from the Commissioner since the pandemic began, Pennacchio called on the Senate President to schedule the hearing.

“For too long, Commissioner Persichilli’s idea of transparency has been a thick fog,” added Pennacchio. “We can no longer ignore the silent screams of the 10,000 dead in our nursing homes who deserve answers. I urge Senate President Sweeney to take Commissioner Persichilli up on her offer and schedule the bipartisan oversight hearing that thousands of families have been demanding for more than a year.”

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An Open Letter To Notre Dame University . . .

Good afternoon:
Can someone please explain to me why Notre Dame, a Catholic university, invited Joe Biden to give the commencement address this year?
Joe Biden -- A "Catholic" who supports partial birth abortion, abortion on demand, abortion up till the time of birth and, presumably, even moments after birth. 
Joe Biden -- who has restored government/taxpayer funding of abortion full throttle. 
Joe Biden -- who thumbs his nose at settled Catholic teaching and doctrine, laughs in the face of Holy Mother, the Church and creates a scandal by his brazen and imperious defiance of the gospel itself, as it relates to abortion.
Joe Biden -- who seems to reduce Catholicism to carrying a rosary in his pocket, sort of like a good luck charm.
Can you explain why you would honor a man like this by inviting him to speak and giving him a platform at such a prestigious event at what is, arguably, the nation's pre-eminent Catholic university?
And please don't send me a canned, homogenized response full of politically correct code words.
PLEASE don't do that -- not while America's Catholic bishops are considering chastising Biden and denying him communion.
Dan Cirucci


Act Now To Support, Defend ISRAEL!




Friend, did you see this terrible news?


Right now, Israel is under attack. Over the last few days, Hamas terrorists have maliciously and indiscriminately launched hundreds of rockets at Israel with the goal to injure or kill as many Israelis as possible.

Add your name if you agree: Israel has the right to protect itself.


We’re sending a petition to the top leadership of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to urge them to reaffirm Israel’s right to defend itself, and we need YOUR signature.

The United States must stand with Israel in the face of this terror. A safe Israel makes both countries more secure, and we can’t be silent as Israeli civilians are being murdered by Hamas terrorists.

If you stand for a safe and secure Israel, I need you to CLICK HERE.


It’s moments like these when the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship is clear, and we won’t be silent.

Click here to condemn Hamas terrorists.

Thank you,

Jeff Mendelsohn

Executive Director

Pro-Israel America


In Bidenville, The Problems Are Piling Up!

 A very wise and perceptive facebook friend writes as follows:

1. As Israel is attacked, Biden is silent. Is he napping? Or is he unconcerned with the country he didn't call, you know, the one filled with "shylocks," a word no one has used in 500 years--except him. Where is Kammy? Still redecorating the V.P.'s mansion?
2. Gas prices soaring and now gas shortages. From energy independence to shortages in 4 months. Enjoying this?
3. The invisible President--unless he's making a fool of himself losing his train of thought at every single appearance.
4. The Japanese Prime Minister came--and was greeted by Kammy, a first in American history. Where was Joe? What did Psaki have to say? I QUOTE, "They even had a meal together."
5. Joe can't handle calls to foreign leaders so they let Kammy do it and the guffawing wasn't well received so now no one calls anyone.
6. Huge unemployment rates--not because there are no jobs, but because no one wants to work. Is the lack of a work ethic what you want for your country?
7. Border crisis is completely ignored by simply saying it's not a crisis. How many of those kids are YOU taking in? You wanted them. There they are. What are YOU doing to help? I'm donating to the AMERICAN hungry and homeless.
Did you think for a single second before you voted? Is any of this what you wanted? Is this the road you want your country to go down? In an election, you have to choose. You may not like any choice but it is what it is. How many of you chose this CLEARLY DEMENTED, BIGOTED, CROOKED FOOL WHO ACCOMPLISHED NOTHING IN HIS LIFE over a buffoon who actually accomplished things? Well this is what you got. Are you proud? Do you feel secure? Are you complicit? Are you better off than you were 4 months ago?
There! I said it! Have a great day. Don't waste gas!

Hey, Have You Checked You Gas Gauge Lately?

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Testa: Stand 'Shoulder To Shoulder' With Israel!

New Jersey State Senator Michael Testa addressed the ongoing rocket attacks on Israel with the following statement:

Senator Michael Testa condemned the air strikes on Israel and pledged support for the Israeli people. (Flickr)

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the innocent families in Tel Aviv as the loss of life and destruction continues to mount. More than 700 rockets have landed in Israeli neighborhoods in the last two days and there appears to be no end in sight. This barbaric aerial barrage is uncalled for and must be stopped.

“The Israeli people are resilient. They have endured threats and atrocities before, but the fear and devastation of this sustained attack is unimaginable.

“The collapse of peace in the region is heartbreaking, and the revival of decades-old animosity is distressing. Our staunch allies in the Middle East are suffering. The situation calls for America to stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel.”

Israel Under Attack: Urgent ZOA Action Alert!

 ACTION ALERT from Greater Philadelphia ZOA:

While the Israel Defense Forces and other Israeli security agencies try to stop the Palestinian-Arab rocket attacks that are pounding Israeli cities and other communities, rioting, fires and other violence, and incitement against Jews -- and civil defense agencies makes sure that shelters are open and ready -- there are steps that we in the Diaspora can take to help. Below the advocacy items are links to analysis that will give you and others important background information about what is happening as well as the chronology.
At least three Israelis have been murdered in the rocket attacks and scores are hurt. Homes and schools and at least one passenger bus have taken direct hits.
As this email was compiled, Palestinian-Arabs had fired more than 700 rockets at Israeli communities during the past 24 hours – including some reaching Jerusalem.

What Can Each of Us Do:
1. Advocacy (see details below).
2. Contact friends and family in Israel – let them know you are thinking about them and praying for their well-being. Try to reassure them.
3. Buy goods from Israel via Israeli websites (see examples below) and at local stores. A surge in economic support will boost morale as well as the economy. Due to the rockets and violence, businesses may need to close. Schools in the south are closed for now. Reservists may be called to duty which will take some Israelis out of the workforce.
4. Pray both for the well-being of Israel and for the success and safety of the IDF. Urge rabbis and other clergy to disseminate these prayers electronically – prayer helps! Also ask them to send out to the community ACCURATE news about what is happening since many people rely on anti-Israel media and thus are uninformed – and worse, believe that Israel is at fault.
5. Support ZOA. Your donations fuel our efforts to support and defend Israel. During these times we made need to send out special mailings or engage in other special activities. We may have a unity rally or other gathering and need you extra financial support now. See donation information below.
6. Fly an Israeli flag from your home and/or car. Wear an Israeli flag pin on your lapel, jacket, or shirt, blouse or cap. Show your solidarity and let others see it.
7. Share this ACTION ALERT with your email lists and post the Action items on social media.
Buy items from Israel on Israeli Web sites
Some examples:
Advocacy Suggestions:

1.      Press the White House to let Israel do whatever it deems necessary to stop the violence against her people and to dismantle the terrorist groups including Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Fatah and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Also: Iran supports most of those organizations. Tell the White House that this is NOT the time to relax or end sanctions against Iran. Call the White House at: 202-456-1414. The White House comment line (202-456-1111) has been disabled. Send an email message here: Also see the White House on Facebook and on Twitter.

2.      Contact your representatives in Washington (your House member and both senators) and ask them to issue statements in support of Israel and Israel’s right to defend herself. Ask that they put a hold on any monies targeted for the Palestinian-Arabs that have not yet been disbursed. Ask them to condemn fellow lawmakers who have made anti-Israel statements or social media posts. Members of Congress from our region and contact information:

3.      Monitor all local media, respond to false reporting that blame Israel for starting the violence, or that play up Arab casualties vs. Israeli casualties. It is important to remind people in the media that the Arabs deliberately target Jewish civilians with their rockets and incendiary devices – and that they use their own people as human shields to increase the number of their casualties for public relations purposes. Meanwhile, Israel takes steps that no other military in the world would to prevent or minimize civilian casualties. These last points could be the subject of a letter to the editor, web comment or blog comment. Thus: Be reactive and pro-active. Use social media liberally to inform others who may be misinformed by the mainstream media. See some examples of local anti-Israel media bias at the end of this email.

Stay up-to-date on the news and developments – make sure your sources of information are accurate and reliable.
See screen shots of local anti-Israel media bias below. 
We are told that even on the Salem Radio Network, which generally features pro-Israel programming, the news at the top and bottom of the hour is biased against Israel.
Contact info for Salem:

Ridiculous Closing Of NJ Motor Vehicles Facility

New Jersey State Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today criticized the Murphy administration following news that the Eatontown Motor Vehicle Commission would be closed for two weeks after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon said the Murphy Administration is relying on outdated, unnecessary policies when the Motor Vehicle Commission closes a facility for two weeks or longer after an employee tests positive for COVID. (WikiMedia Commons)

“The fact that we are still somehow closing MVC locations for two weeks for quarantining and ‘deep cleaning’ after one employee tests positive is absolutely outrageous,” said O’Scanlon. “Nowhere is still observing such heavy-handed, unscientific policies . . . not Home Depot, not supermarkets, not car dealerships, not doctors’ offices, not restaurants . . . no one. And none of these entities is suffering any ill health impact.

“One must ask what rock have the people continuing these policies been hiding under?!? Perpetuation of foolish policies like these – in addition to pool operation rules and the other 2,000 pages of outdated executive orders, rules, regulations and restrictions – absolutely crushes any confidence one might have in the people making these calls. It’s as if they actually believe the Governor’s ludicrous April 1 predictions where he expressed the ‘most likely’ scenario that – against all vaccine and seasonal data and trend lines we had at the time – we could expect to see 4,500 cases a day at this point.

“What have we seen? 459! The administration’s prediction was 10x higher than what we’re seeing! Maybe if you live in that warped, terrifying anti-science and data world you could justify shutting everything down every time there was even one positive COVID test, but that’s not the real world. And it hasn’t been for more than a year,” continued O’Scanlon.

“Supermarkets and stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot have hundreds of workers with hundreds more customers in their stores daily, yet they don’t shut down whole locations. Somehow, the brain trust in Trenton has decided that this New Jersey agency is the only entity that must shut down for two weeks with every positive test.

“And what’s with the continuation of expensive, and virtually useless ‘deep cleaning’?!?  We’ve known for months that this is all about airborne droplets/aerosols. We don’t need anything but regular cleaning at this point,” O’Scanlon noted.

“The negative impact on residents from a location closing can be devastating. People have waited for months trying to get scarce appointments and they may have taken time off work. Now they’ll have to wait even longer and they run the risk of being pulled over or having their car impounded for lack of registration; both insanely costly consequences of New Jersey’s draconian, outdated and unnecessary closure and quarantine rules.”

The CDC guidelines state that individuals who have been vaccinated do not have to quarantine if they are exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

“On April 29, the MVC commissioner informed me that all MVC employees who wanted the vaccine would be vaccinated by May 7. Between the number of employees vaccinated and those who weren’t at work with the positive person, or those not working anywhere near the COVID-positive employee . . . it must be near 90 percent of the employees who weren’t impacted.

“In addition to the mitigating impact of the vaccination rate there are procedures in place, distancing rules, and other policies specifically to prevent mass exposure and the need for closures. Yet one employee tests positive and MVC indicates a complete and total lack of confidence in all of those scientifically founded mitigation efforts and closes for two weeks? It’s beyond absurd,” continued O’Scanlon.

“We cannot continue to paralyze our facilities and operations because we have a few people in charge who are completely out of touch and terrified.”