N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy’s admin sets new record for stonewalling

N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy’s admin sets new record for stonewalling
Redacted email (Image: State of New Jersey)

[Ed. – First, Murphy showed himself to be a hypocrite by dining out with his family after closing restaurants due to COVID risk. Then when asked for records on other COVID risks in the state, he pulled this.]

In response to a public records request by The Record and NorthJersey.com for communication within the Murphy administration over a lack of mask-wearing at the state veterans home as the COVID pandemic spread in the spring, the state has released a handful of new emails, but they are so heavily redacted that it’s impossible to know what they might say.

The short string of emails released by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office include communications between Jared Doherty, an attorney for the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and officials in Murphy’s office regarding face masks.

The Record and NorthJersey.com made three requests via the state’s Open Public Records Act, or OPRA, for communication between Doherty and the governor’s office over the mask policy. All three were denied for being “over broad” — even though each new request asked for more specific documents than the one before it.

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