Following backlash from the public, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced he was overruling the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s decision to remove American flags from New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway overpasses.
“They’ve suspended that for the time being,” the Democratic governor said at a Tuesday media conference, NJ Advance Media reported.
The outlet previously reported that the agency “want[ed] the flags gone,” despite the fact that many of the patriotic displays have been hanging from overpasses since the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
On Sept. 1, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority cited a “long-standing policy” that prohibits the display of flags, signs and banners by private parties on Turnpike Authority property.
“While we appreciate the desire of some New Jersey residents to express their patriotism in these turbulent times by displaying flags on Turnpike and Parkway overpasses, Turnpike Authority regulations do not allow it, and