Kickboxing studio owner sues Murphy for forcing her to close business during pandemic

The owner of a Franklin Borough kickboxing studio has sued Gov. Phil Murphy, claiming the governor’s shutdown orders at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic requires businesses to be financially compensated while forced to be closed.

CKO Kickboxing owner Darlene Pallay says Murphy violated a portion of the state’s Disaster Control Act when the governor signed Executive Order 104 on March 19.

“(Murphy) did not follow the law, because he did not order that the affected property owners be compensated, forcing private owners to pay for a public benefit,” one of Pallay’s attorneys Robert W. Ferguson said. “In essence, the governor’s edicts, as he has ruled for the last six months, have been paid for by New Jersey’s small businesses.”

A spokesman for Murphy didn’t immediately return a message from NJ Advance Media seeking comment.

The suit claims that the Disaster Control Act requires Murphy to establish an emergency compensation

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