Make Churches A Priority in The Reopening Of NJ

May 12



While Governor Murphy was initially noncommittal about when NJ businesses can reopen, he announced just yesterday that he will release his “hard dates” for the reopening this Friday, May 15th.

This is an important step as we navigate the Coronavirus, and pastors need an opportunity to tell the Governor why churches should be allowed to reopen and how they are prepared to follow prescribed safety guidelines.

Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey® wants the Governor to hear from pastors before he makes this important decision. In an effort to make sure pastors can let him know their thoughts, we have prepared a letter to him from pastors.

We need your help to make sure as many pastors as possible take this opportunity. Please take a moment now and forward this entire message to your pastor so they have an opportunity to sign onto our letter to Governor Murphy.

Pastors must sign onto this letter by 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 13th.



I applaud you for your care and concern towards those within your congregation and your church’s community. There is no greater commandment than to love God with all our heart and to love our neighbors as ourselves. People of faith should lead by example in their practice of safe social distancing recommendations. I believe we have done that, thanks in part to your leadership among your church members.

We are now approaching a crucial time in the decision-making process of Governor Phil Murphy’s reopening plan. He stated on Monday, May 11, that NJ residents should expect “hard dates” in the coming days on when the state will lift restrictions.

Please add your name to this letter that will be sent to the governor’s office on Thursday, May 14. His administration must hear from the faith leaders of NJ. Your immediate action is necessary to ensure that churches are allowed to hold safe worship services following CDC or local health department guidelines. If your congregation prefers to worship through online platforms for a longer period, please add your support for other churches that are able to safely distance congregants.

Thank you,

Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy