“It was irresponsible from top to bottom in every respect,” Murphy mentioned throughout a press convention Wednesday, calling the occasion, which was held on Monday night time, an “egregious display of knucklehead behavior.”
The governor defined that younger individuals can have enjoyable — however should proceed social distancing and carrying masks, because the US struggles to comprise the continued Covid-19 pandemic.
Since mid-August, the % positivity fee amongst 14-18 year-olds has grown from 3% to 7%, whereas for 19-24 year-olds it is risen from 2.7% to 7.1%, mentioned state well being commissioner Judy Persichilli.
“We are continuing to see case numbers climb among young people,” she mentioned. “Many of these cases and clusters are a result of parties and social gatherings.”
Murphy made related feedback in late July, after it took law enforcement officials over 5 hours to interrupt up a celebration with over 700 attendees.
Monday’s occasion happened at a New Jersey boardwalk home featured in MTV’s “Jersey Shore.”
A bunch of YouTube pranksters, referred to as the Nelk Boys, organized a promotional occasion on the home, based on Seaside Heights Police Detective Steve Korman. The occasion was dispersed at about 9:30 p.m.
The eight individuals arrested on the “Jersey Shore” home are between the ages of 18 and 26. Charges included disorderly conduct, obstruction, and resisting arrest, Seaside Heights police mentioned in a press launch.
Police additionally mentioned that “glass bottles and rocks were thrown at officers during and after the arrest” of not less than one of many eight individuals.
“I’m totally disgusted,” Seaside Heights Mayor Anthony Vaz mentioned. “We would never recognize this type of activity in our community.”
The city’s bureau administrator, Christopher Vaz, additionally instructed Source that there was no particular occasion software or municipal approvals of any sort relating to the gathering and that almost all of attendees gave the impression to be “high school-aged kids.”
“Jersey Shore” member and longtime home proprietor Danny Merk mentioned he took accountability for the incident.
“The police handled it perfectly,” Merk mentioned. “It just became crazy.”
The “Nelk Boys” didn’t reply instantly to Source’s requests for remark.
Source’s Anna Sturla and Mirna Alsharif contributed to this report.