While New York is letting repeat bank-robbers go free without bail, New Jersey is arresting homeowners for having company over.
One of the private gatherings was an alternate arrangement for someone’s wedding ceremony. The couple-to-be obviously couldn’t go ahead with a catered event in a hall so they met in a backyard.
Somebody snitched. And now, there’s been an arrest over it.
Two New Jersey residents were arrested this week after they hosted large crowds at events in their homes, including a pop-up wedding, in defiance of social distancing orders amidst the coronavirus outbreak.
Eliyohu Zaks, 49, was taken into custody on Friday after authorities said he hosted a pop-up wedding in his home on Spruce Street in Lakewood.
The event was attended by more than 50 people, a violation of the state’s newly enacted edict banning such gatherings as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus.
Another local resident, 43-year-old Shaul Kuperwasser, was arrested after a large crowd was seen gathering at his home on Thursday.
The Governor has been ramping up his aggressiveness in the enforcement of these public gathering bans.
‘We want the public to know that we have heard and share their concerns regarding gatherings of more than 50 people and have taken action against those who have failed to comply,’ he said.
The recent sightings of public gatherings have already exacerbated long-running tensions in Lakewood, where a large Orthodox Jewish population has relocated in recent years.
New Jersey police earlier this week broke up two large weddings at reception halls, according to NJ Advance Media.
Even as wedding halls were ordered to shut down, residents simply moved the ceremonies to backyards on their residential properties.
The governor wasn’t mincing words:
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy this week angrily vowed to crack down more harshly on residents who held gatherings as state authorities struggle to prevent the fast-spreading disease.
‘It’s time to cut the crap,’ Murphy told reporters in Trenton on Thursday.
When asked about the continued violations in Lakewood, Murphy said: ‘We simply cannot have this.
‘We have got to ensure compliance, no matter what the circumstances are.’
The governor vowed that his order banning gatherings of more than 50 people ‘has to be enforced.’
‘It will be enforced aggressively,’ he said.
Some groups just don’t bend easily to government ultimatums.
That happened to be one of them. Independent-minded patriots are another one. Which leads us to our question: Is the governor way out of line here, or is he merely doing what must be done?
How should this governor get public cooperation with the Chinese Coronavirus response?