Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone wants New Jersey’s economy to reopen safely and he wants County officials, rather than the Murphy Administration, to regulate the reopening of restaurants and retail stores and to provide the safety guidance required.
“We know our County. We know Monmouth County. We know what’s best for our businesses and our residents to be able to work and to be able to achieve profit and more importantly, to be safe,” Arnone said during a press conference in Freehold on Thursday.
Arnone stressed that we are approaching economic danger and that people are on the verge of acting in a manner that they would not normally act. “We’re seeing it all over the state,” he said as he expressed concern for law enforcement officers enforcing Executive Orders that are not being complied with.
Arnone spoke of letting small retailers operate just as safely as Walmart, allowing restaurants to expand outdoor seating to parking lots and County roads, and allowing BYOB’s to sell alcohol this summer, all under the supervision of the County with the cooperation of local mayors.
In a follow up interview with MMM, Arnone said he’d be willing to have his plans for reopening Monmouth County be subject to State approval, “but we have to move fast.”