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New Jersey capital city police step up enforcement of COVID rules | National politics


The newer security measures also come after Democratic Assembly spokesman Craig Coughlin said last week he was outraged by Republicans’ behavior, calling it a “colossal” security failure.

Even so, there was still some confusion on Monday.

Nedia Morsy, the organization leader for Immigrant Advocacy, Make the Road New Jersey, tried to enter the building after she was already inside. A soldier told her to go to one entrance only to try another when she arrived.

She said she understood the need for COVID-19 security but said she wasn’t sure why such a “bottleneck” had occurred. She said the wrong decisions had wasted valuable time as she worked with school-age children to advocate for the law.

“We have a limited time to be here, a limited time to get out,” she said.

The Assembly’s Republican caucus posted photos of the new barriers on social media and generated a number of critical comments.

“Although staff have already had a vaccination or a negative test, the NJ Statehouse has become a patrolled vaccine checkpoint after the fight on Thursday,” the GOP Assembly Committee said on Facebook.

State police have declined to comment on security measures, according to a statement emailed by Trooper Charles Marchan over the weekend. The statement came in response to questions about why police allowed some lawmakers into the assembly hall on Thursday even though they did not provide the required vaccination records to test negative.


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