Gov. Murphy Responds to Reports of Incidents at Jersey Shore

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In the aftermath of several incidents that occurred over Memorial Day weekend along the bustling Jersey Shore boardwalks, Governor Phil Murphy addressed concerns about the perception of chaos surrounding the events. While acknowledging the seriousness of the situations, Murphy emphasized that they did not define the overall atmosphere of the weekend.

During his appearance on News 12 New Jersey, Murphy stressed the importance of taking such incidents seriously. However, he pushed back against the characterization of the entire weekend as chaotic, suggesting that the incidents were isolated and not indicative of the overall experience.

In Wildwood, law enforcement responded to what was described as “civil unrest,” prompting the temporary closure of the boardwalk and the declaration of a state of emergency. Similarly, in Ocean City, a stabbing occurred during a larger altercation, leading to multiple arrests. Meanwhile, in Seaside Heights, a false alarm of shots fired triggered panic among visitors, although no gunfire was confirmed.

While acknowledging the gravity of these incidents, Murphy reassured the public that officials are addressing them seriously. He mentioned having personal discussions with the mayors of the affected towns to ensure appropriate measures are taken.

Regarding the victim of the Ocean City stabbing, Murphy provided an update, stating that the individual is on the path to recovery. He emphasized the importance of accountability among parents and law enforcement, particularly in ensuring sufficient staffing levels, especially for summer police officers in areas like Wildwood.

In his closing remarks, Murphy stressed the necessity of collaborative efforts from various stakeholders, including law enforcement, parents, educators, and community members, to foster a safe and enjoyable summer season at the Jersey Shore and beyond.

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