TRENTON, N.J. — Disorder and confusion erupted outside the New Jersey Assembly as Republican lawmakers defied a requirement to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test.
Ten lawmakers were blocked for several minutes by state troopers from entering the chamber.
Lawmakers compared the situation to something that might happen in a dictatorship. The standoff ended when troopers permitted some of the legislators to enter, although they hadn’t shown the required documents.
Troopers stationed at the doorway declined to provide an explanation.