‘This is how you treat people?’ Assembly minority leader criticizes Gov. Murphy for continued delays at MVC offices

It’s been one week since Gov. Phil Murphy signed new legislation to help ease the crowds at Motor Vehicle Commission offices across New Jersey, and this week, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick criticized the governor for the delays.

News 12 Staff

Sep 17, 2020, 7:36 PM

Updated 1,311 days ago

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It’s been one week since Gov. Phil Murphy signed new legislation to help ease the crowds at Motor Vehicle Commission offices across New Jersey. But this week, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick criticized the governor for the delays. 
“These are the citizens of New Jersey and this is how we treat people?” says Bramnick. “This is how you treat people and let them sit here for hours? No good, and this line goes and makes a turn around the corner.”
Motor vehicle centers have been open for two months, but lines continued at many locations, including Eatontown and Freehold. Before the doors opened, there were still people waiting since 2 a.m.
“I expected the state to be organized, although I know that's not the case,” says Candice Russo, of Freehold.
Russo had little hope a trip to the MVC would be a simple in-and-out experience.
“I got a number, but that doesn't mean anything,” says Russo. “I plan on being here most of the day.”
Many people would begin their wait in line just after midnight, and by mid-morning, some locations already handed out the allowed numbers for the day.
Bramnick visited the Springfield location earlier this week, despite new measures in place, he also saw lines stretching for hours. 
“It is absolutely incredible that the Murphy Administration is not sending down extra people to help these people online,” says Bramnick. “These people have hours and hours they have to wait, take off time from work, but then this administration led by this governor will not let you vote in person. They will let you stand in line four or five hours, two months after motor vehicles has opened.”
Some of the new measures introduced last week include giving new residents of the state 120 days to change their licenses and registration, and allowing some people to use photos on file for longer than eight years. This has since taken some of the burdens off the MVC.
The MVC still wants people to check online to see if they are able to avoid any in person visits from the services offered before heading out to a location. 


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