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Gov. Phil Murphy announces he is ending New Jersey's 'stay at home' order

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Wonder what changed his mind?

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced via Twitter Tuesday that he was signing an executive order lifting the state's "stay at home" order. The move surprised many, considering that Murphy announced late Thursday night that he was extending the state's public health emergency for another 30 days.

In the tweet, Murphy stated that he would sign the order "today" and said, "Please continue to be responsible and safe. Wear face coverings and keep a social distance from others when out in public." In a series of subsequent tweets, Murphy offered a sort of explanation for his abrupt about-face on the necessity of a stay-at-home order.

It was not clear from Gov. Murphy's thread of tweets whether businesses and churches would be affected by his executive order or not. According to the latest guidance issued by the state, restaurants will be able to accept customers for outdoor dining on July 15 and businesses like hair and nail salons can reopen with restrictions on June 22.

Murphy also made news last week when he admitted that a double standard was being applied to the protests about George Floyd's death as compared to church services and other gatherings protected by the First Amendment.

According to reports, Murphy said, "It's one thing to protest what day nail salons are opening and it's another to come out and peaceful protest about somebody who was murdered right before our eyes."

Of course, for the purposes of an infectious disease, they are exactly the same, since diseases are not known for their social conscience.

Murphy's announcement comes as Attorney General William Barr is being asked to investigate whether some states are impermissibly favoring the George Floyd protests over other protected activities with respect to their coronavirus guidelines.

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