Tedesco rescinds Bergen County's state of emergency at governor’s request

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Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco has rescinded the county’s state of emergency that was to go in effect Saturday, at the request of Gov. Phil Murphy.

Bergen County has the most cases of COVID-19 in the state, at around 200 cases.

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“The actions deemed over-reactive in one county may seem as not only necessary, but critical in another,” Tedesco said at a news conference Thursday evening.

The Murphy administration requested that the state of emergency be rescinded because it ordered the closing of more businesses than recommended for the state overall. Tedesco’s order called for any non-essential business, even office buildings, to close. But the governor’s administration stated that only the state can decide what types of businesses can close.

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“Those recommendations were a direct result of the deep, moral and ethical responsibilities that I feel do whatever it takes to promote the health and well-being of the residents, visitors and those who work in Bergen County,” Tedesco said.

But the county executive says that he is not giving up and that he has already sent the governor a revised version of his executive order. He says that he hopes that the governor will look at the revisions and implement them statewide or at least let Tedesco go ahead and implement them in Bergen County.

There is no timeline from when the governor’s office will respond.

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