In the latest example of what could be deemed an overreach by government officials during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a New Jersey woman has been charged with violating emergency orders by organizing a protest of the state-mandated lockdown orders.
Kim Pagan, a resident of Toms River, New Jersey, was issued a summons by the New Jersey State Police, according to the state’s Department of Law and Public Safety.
Her crime? She is charged with “violating the emergency orders by organizing a prohibited event.”
The charge sounds like something you would read about in a bad dystopian novel, but it is happening in the Garden State.
During the protest, drivers drove up, parked their cars and honked in front of the Statehouse and Murphy’s office. Some held signs, and about a dozen stood outside the building demanding the governor reopen the state, according to New Jersey 101.5.
Politico reported that a now-deleted Twitter video from the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce showed a long line of drivers honking their horns and waving American flags.