New Jersey is taking down US flags from bridges installed after the 9/11 attacks, and residents are outraged

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After nearly 20 years, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority has changed course and is taking down the U.S. flags installed on the overpasses in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and local residents are outraged.

The government agency explained its decision in a statement on its Facebook page.

“The New Jersey Turnpike Authority appreciates and applauds patriotism. We try to express patriotism ourselves every day by maintaining dozens of American flags at properties in our right of way — office buildings, toll plazas, service areas, maintenance facilities, State Police buildings, warehouses,” the statement read.

“Those flags are treated with the utmost respect by Turnpike Authority personnel. They are flown on suitable staffs. They are illuminated at night. They are lowered to half-staff when the state is in mourning. They are removed, properly destroyed, and promptly replaced when they become faded or worn and are no longer suitable symbols of our national ideals,” it continued.

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“The long-standing policy of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority has been to prohibit the display of any flags, signs, or 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 for good reason,” the statement said.

The statement went on to explain that the agency would not continue maintaining the flags, so they would have to be taken down.

“While we hope that everyone who wants to display the American flag finds a suitable location to do so, we believe that limiting the flags displayed on Turnpike Authority property to ones hung and maintained by Turnpike Authority staff is the best way to assure that all flags in the Turnpike and Parkway right of way are treated with the respect they deserve,” the statement concluded.

In some cases, officials replaced the U.S. flags with a sign that read, “Placement of signage or items of any nature on this structure is strictly prohibited.”

Residents are defiant

One town has decided that it will defy the decision and put the flags back up. In a Facebook group called “Replacing American Flags,” residents of Robbinsville Township say they have the support of the mayor to replace the flags.

“With the full support of Mayor Dave Fried, we plan to re-hang the American flags on the overpasses throughout Robbinsville Township,” read the page.

The residents say they plan to replace the flags on Friday, Sept. 11, the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Here’s a news report about the overpass flags in New Jersey:

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  1. New Jersey leftists just love it when they can hide behind the law and destroy any sign of patriotism, if blm.was burning tires and standing in the roadway they would be perfectly happy to say that they are just expressing their first amendment rights and let them stop traffic for several days. The only way to stop this kind of thing is to vote for people that have a moral compass that doesn’t spin like a fan

  2. And now it starts with trigger imagines and it will expand because we do not want to offend them. The anarchist are ruling and we are letting them. We have become passive and cave to their every need to defy them is unwoke we have become weak.

  3. Does this surprise anyone? After all, it IS the Socialist Repubic of Jersey!
    Save America! Elect Conservatives & re-elect Trump November 3rd.

  4. Leave the Flags up think of all the service men and women who will appreciate the support from everyone and the fallen firefighters and police officers who gave their lives to help others

  5. Jon says:

    Not the New Jersey Turnpike Authority behind taking down the the US Flags,
    It’s our wonderful New Jersey Socialist Governor King Murphy.

  6. It’s a disgrace to think Gov Murphy supports dishonoring the heroes of 9/11 by removing these flags. They’re not flags that advertise or support any independent ideology, they’re flags expressing our appreciation of true American patriots. The men and women who keep America strong.

    1. NOT Governor Murphy. It’s Herr Murphy, of the NJ Nazi Party. I’ve lived here al my life. My wife just retired, and we are now finishing the house fix-up getting ready for sale, so we can get the hell out of this hell hole. I do research almost every day on various real estate sites, looking for a better, Republican state to move to in retirement. Anyone know of someplace good? Not hot like Florida, severe spinal injuries from 20 years on the streets as a paramedic. Wife doesn’t like too cold, though I love it. So far we have TN. OK. western NC. some of PA. This is also part of my research. getting republican opinions on sites like this.

  7. I pledge allegiance to the FLAG of the United States of America, and to THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS….

    Taking down the flag is a move towards taking down the Republic. Don’t let it happen!

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