Yaede: Murphy Administration’s Deceptive Statements Shows Politics Still
In response to the Murphy
Administration’s letter regarding Hamilton Health Officer Jeff Plunkett, Mayor
Kelly Yaede has made the following statement:
These are some of most egregious, false statements being made by Governor
Murphy’s State Department of Health. These false statements will only undermine
public confidence, are detrimental to all public employees, and will undoubtedly impact our local Hamilton
We, and all citizens of New Jersey, should be gravely concerned by these
falsehoods, and conclude that this is a continuation by the Murphy
Administration, on behalf of its chosen Mayoral candidate – Jeff Martin, to
spread false claims about Hamilton Township and its career employees for
political gain. The Murphy
Administration’s Department of Health continues to destroy its credibility and
The proposed revocation letter to Health Officer Jeff Plunkett is deeply
troubling by its inaccuracies and misleading statements, including the
our review, the State has misstated the requirements on N.J.A.C. 8:24-8.2. That
section provides, “The Department or
health authority shall inspect every retail food establishment as often as
it deems necessary.” It does not
require an annual inspection.
claims that Hamilton Township Code requires an annual inspection. It does not.
Murphy’s Health Department has the audacity to state that Hamilton Township
failed to inspect Rosa’s Restaurant in 2014 prior to the Hepatitis A case; and yet Hamilton Township inspected the
restaurant four (4) times that year before that incident (January
29, 2014; February 19, 2014; October 8, 2014; and October 21, 2014). It is
outrageous that the Governor Murphy’s Health Department, with no factual basis
whatsoever, would repeat such a lie. The fact that Governor Murphy’s Health
Department would attempt to blame one Township employee for a
restaurant-related health incident four years ago is reprehensible.
Governor Murphy’s administration’s failure to release the complaint records
associated with cases in Hamilton and Trenton illustrates that politics remains
their primary motive after numerous requests.
Over the last year, Hamiltonians have realized the ugliest political
environment in its history – but this is
beyond the pale.