New Jersey cannot continue to treat houses of worship as an afterthought. To millions of New Jerseyans they are at least as essential as big-box outlets, beaches, and liquor stores.
— Harmeet Dhillon
CEO | Center for American Liberty
The Center for American Liberty in conjunction with Mandelbaum Salsburg and The Dhillon Law Group, and on behalf of the churches throughout New Jersey, filed a lawsuit in federal court against Governor Murphy and others for unconstitutionally shutting down houses of worship statewide.
When Murphy ordered “non-essential” businesses to close on March 21, houses of worship were categorized as “non-essential”. Murphy three days later allowed numerous retail businesses, mobile phone retailers, bicycles shops, nurseries, and garden stores to reopen. Murphy deemed firearm retailers as “essential” by appointment only on March 31.
Murphy’s six-point coronavirus “Road Back” recovery plan does not include any timetable for implementation.
No exemptions have been made for religious gatherings, and there is no end in sight for their unconstitutional shutdown.