AG: Union City man busted after having several small gatherings, violating state orders

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A Union City man was busted after having several small gatherings at his home, violating state emergency orders, finally charged for having people over on Wednesday, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. Twitter photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Moshe Knopfler, 55, of Union City, was charged with violation of the emergency orders, a disorderly persons offense, and failure to disperse – petty disorderly persons offense – Grewal said in a statement.

Police had warned Knopfler on several prior occasions when he held gatherings on his property. He was charged on Tuesday, April 7th, when police found approximately 13 people on his property.

“Our police officers are working bravely and tirelessly every day to protect us during this health crisis.  Regrettably, they are being called upon far too often to deal with people violating the emergency orders— or what is more egregious, people using the virus to spread fear or impede officers in their vital work,” Grewal added.

Violations of the emergency orders constitute a disorderly persons offense carrying a potential sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

Grewal also said that anyone seeing a lack of compliance with the governor’s emergency orders should contact your local police department or report here.

This afternoon, the New Jersey Department of Health disclosed that there are now 51,027 cases of the coronavirus statewide, along with 1,700 deaths, including 5,879 cases in Hudson County and 132 deaths – the third most in the state by county.