The powers allow the state to influence the distribution of vaccines, achievement tests, and a host of other measures, including the controversial mask mandate for K-12 students.
In a formal address to the Garden State Tuesday afternoon, Murphy attempted to allay fears of new mandates and lockdowns that disrupted the state’s economic activity, inflicting many financial pain, and forcing them on unemployment benefits, some for the first time.
Murphy said those across Garden State shouldn’t have to worry about seeing anything from 2020 just yet.
“It doesn’t mean we’re going back from the progress we’ve made together over the past 22 months,” Murphy said in his address. “In fact, this step will not have any new ramifications in your daily life.”
Murphy moved on Jan. 1 to have his pandemic-related powers extended for an additional 90 days through April 11. Senate Health and Budget Legislators barked the request and instead decided to write a bill to extend it for 45 days.
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While the Senate was in its final session before reorganizing, Murphy said during his news conference that the state’s school mask mandate would continue and disgruntled Republican Senators, including Sens. Michael Testa, R-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic, and Holly Schepisi, R -Bergen, before the vote on the bill.