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Second Legislative District GOP challengers say Democrats begging for scraps from Gov. Murphy is not the bold leadership that Atlantic County deserves


Northfield, April 30, 2021 – Republicans Vince Polistina, Don Guardian and Claire Swift today challenged their Democratic counterparts in the 2nd Legislative District to stop “begging for scraps” from Governor Murphy and instead demand that the Governor relinquish his emergency powers and stop running the state via seemingly arbitrary and endless executive orders.


The Republicans said that if Governor Murphy doesn’t voluntarily give up his emergency powers, Assemblymen Mazzeo and Armato and the Democratic majority in the legislature should vote to strip Murphy of the powers, just like Democrats did in New York State with Andrew Cuomo.


“We all know how important conventions and trade shows are to Atlantic City, but organizing a press stunt to meekly ask the Governor to ease restrictions is like begging for table scraps when Atlantic City and Atlantic County are economically starving – it’s not good enough,” said Polistina a successful small businessman.  “Instead, Assemblymen Mazzeo and Armato, and Commissioner Fitzpatrick should demand the Governor relinquish his emergency powers – after 14 months – and if he refuses to give them up, then the Democratic majority in the legislature to vote to strip him of those powers just like Democrats did with Andrew Cuomo in New York.”


“As a former Atlantic City Mayor, I know firsthand the economic engine that conventions and trade shows can be for the city,” said Assembly candidate Don Guardian.  “But our opponents approach here – writing a letter to the Governor and then passing a toothless resolution at the county level – aren’t going to accomplish anything.  We need bold leadership to revitalize Atlantic City’s economy, attract tourists, and create jobs.  That doesn’t happen with some nice words at a press conference, it happens by taking action and calling on the Governor to stand down.”


“Fourteen months of executive orders have turned the legislature into spectators in Trenton and allowed Governor Murphy to rule without challenge,” said Assembly candidate Claire Swift.  “The people of Atlantic County elected Vince Mazzeo and John Armato to fight for them in Trenton, and Caren Fitzpatrick to do the same as County Commissioner.  Weakly asking the Governor permission to save our local economy isn’t leadership, it’s weakness.”