BRICK, N.J. – Two New Jersey assemblymen from Ocean County have a message for out-of-area property homeowners, who have invested up to millions of dollars in vacation homes here at the Jersey Shore.
Stay out! We don’t want you here!
New Jersey Assemblymen Greg McCuckin and John Catalano said those homeowners are not welcome to come to the Jersey Shore to escape the North Jersey and New York coronavirus outbreak where infected numbers are higher than here at the Jersey Shore.
McGuckin state he was concerned about the availability of food for local residents himself at the local supermarkets.
After a report last week claiming many are flocking to their shore homes, McGuckin and Catalano say, please, don’t. Stay away from us. They claim that any surge of the population at shore towns will jeopardize its already overburdened health care facilities and supermarkets.
The message, sent by Democrat Governor Phil Murphy is one of social distancing. How much more social distancing can you do by leaving the crowded cities of the north and retreating to near isolation on the barrier island? Murphy, McGuckin and Catalano would rather those people tough it out up north than creating the ultimate social distancing at a barrier island beach house.
“We understand that those who own shore properties want to escape and social distance themselves at the beach, but this will put a strain on too many of our businesses and hospitals in the area,” said McCuckin.
These stores aren’t for you, they are for us.
“Now is not the time for a trip to the Jersey Shore and we are urging those who own second homes or properties at the shore to stay put,” added Catalano (R-Ocean). “Our local businesses and hospitals are already feeling the strain to keep up with the demands of their local patrons. In these uncertain times, it’s imperative that all residents adhere to the orders set forth by the governor and local officials.”
Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, McGuckin, whose law firm serves as the Lakewood Zoning Board attorney where the virus outbreak is spiraling out of control, led a failed coup attempt of the Toms River Republican Club. McGuckin’s firm seized millions of dollars in pay to play contracts in January of 2020 and he supported convicted shoplifter Kate Gibbs in a failed bid to win the support of the Ocean County Republican Party.
Once the coronavirus scare has passed, McGuckin and Catalano will be begging these homeowners to come back down the shore.