We kept ourselves informed. We stayed home if we were sick. We took our temperatures. We kept our hands away from our faces. We washed our hands often. We kept our distance. We didn’t cough, sneeze, or breathe on other people whether we wore a mask or not. We flattened the curve. We didn’t overload the hospitals. We kept sickness and death to a minimum. We didn’t complain when President Trump and our Governor told us to stay home for “15 days to slow the spread”. The virus has a 2 week incubation period. We thought they knew what they were doing and that churches would be open by Easter. We did our part.
Governor Murphy and other government “experts” were the “knuckleheads” They didn’t do contact tracing when there were few enough cases for it to work. They let the virus into our nursing and veteran’s homes. Their bungling spiked the deaths and infections that gave us a second month of lockdown.
The curve is flat. Most of South Jersey has very few cases. Most of those cases are nursing home residents, employees, and their families. Many have recovered. We know how to keep ourselves and our families safe without staying home and shutting down every school and business.
We have bills to pay, mortgages to pay, taxes to pay. This is not sustainable. What can we do?
1. Contact and support those state Legislators who are standing up to Governor Murphy to get us back open and back to work:
Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney: 35 Kings Highway, Suite 400, West Deptford, NJ 08086 (856) 251-9801
& 199 East Broadway, 1st Floor, Suite G, Salem, NJ 08079 (856) 339-0808
Republican State Senator Chris Brown: 2021 New Rd., Suite 24, Linwood, NJ 08221 (609) 677-8266
Republican State Senator Michael Testa: School House Office Park, 211 S. Main Street, Suite 104, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 (609) 778-2012
Republican State Senator Michael Doherty: 127 Belvidere Ave., 2nd Floor, Washington, NJ 07882 (908) 835-0552
Or click here for list and contact info for all 40 NJ State Senators and all 80 NJ State Assembly Member.
2. Contact and support Republican Congressman Jeff Van Drew for Federal government support. We must continue to ask him to use his personal connections with President Trump to help us.
Republican Congressman Jeff Van Drew: Washington D.C.: 331 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515, Phone: (202) 225-6572. Mays Landing: 5914 Main Street, Suite 103, Mays Landing, NJ 08330. Phone: (609) 625-5008
3. Apply economic pressure. Many government employees are paid full salaries for no work. Combined Federal and State unemployment benefits pay millions more to stay home than to work. Retired government employees are collecting their full pensions, even though their pension funds are broke and need tax hikes to keep making payments. Many Democrats are willing to destroy the economy to bring down Trump. These folks have not been hurt by the lockdowns. Most are in no hurry to end them. That must change!
Refusing to pay property taxes is NOT an option. Unpaid real estate taxes charge interest at 18% per year and become liens that can take your property away. Unpaid real estate taxes also trigger mortgage foreclosures.
However, there “out of the box” options we can explore!
Can we cut school budgets and taxes by encouraging and greatly increasing home schooling? Especially if students are getting most instruction at home anyway?
Can we remove requirements for unnecessary and expensive college degrees for certain occupations?
Can we support candidates who will refuse to use state funds to pay any debts not approved by voters as required by our New Jersey state constitution? Let’s talk about it on Saturday!