Earlier this month, Chester Township and 27 other municipalities were on the receiving end of a notice of violation from the New Jersey Attorney General's office for an outdated website link that took visitors to a marriage application form that included the genders "male" and "female". The reason for the complaint? The State of New Jersey now uses a form that includes the "non-binary" gender option.
In swooped New Jersey's Attorney General with some serious grandstanding and outrageous threats of monetary fines and absurd hoops for Chester Township to jump through, including diversity training for employees and a non-discrimination policy.
In response to the notice of violation, Mayor Inganamort advised the State that they are engaging in performative theater and the matter was closed.
Inganamort told the Observer-Tribune, "it is the epitome of grandstanding [...] It’s unproductive particularly in light of the 22 percent increase they are foisting upon us for our health premiums and the 19 percent increase in pension costs. I think to contemplate an additional monetary penalty to the township for an outdated website link is egregious.’’
Inganamort also advised residents that Chester Township would once again decline to fly any flags other than the American flag and New Jersey flag.
"The American flag flies for everyone," Inganamort stated at the meeting.
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