Letter stating that NYers will be barred from NJ starting May 10 is 'bogus': officials

Maya Rajamani
May 06, 2020 - 6:21 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A seemingly official press release stating that New Yorkers will be barred from entering New Jersey starting May 10 is a fake, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness said Wednesday. 

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    The “bogus” press release, which is dated May 5, states that New Yorkers trying to enter New Jersey on May 10 or after will be “taken into custody, and escorted back into New York…. to insure (sic) curbing the spread of COVID-19,” a photo released by the agency shows. 

    But while the letterhead appears to be official, it is not, the agency warned. 

    “Beware of a false letter/press release with joint seals of federal and State agencies stating New York residents cannot enter New Jersey starting May 10 due to #COVID19. There is no such order,” the agency tweeted. “The statement is from a nonexistent agency and signed by a fictitious person.” 

    It wasn’t immediately clear who created the fake press release or how widely it had circulated before Homeland Security issued its warning.

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