New Jersey Police Break Up Pink Floyd Cover Concert

Sean Adams
April 06, 2020 - 9:43 am

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RUMSON, N.J. (WCBS 880) — Police in New Jersey busted up a Pink Floyd cover concert on a front porch down at the Jersey Shore over the weekend as the state cracks down on people violating social distancing rules.

According to New Jersey's attorney general, 54-year-old John Maldjian hosted an acoustic Pink Floyd cover set on his front porch in Rumson where 30 spectators in their 40s and 50s, some with alcoholic beverages, had gathered on the front lawn on Saturday evening.

Maldjian and another person kept on srumming and singing when police arrived.

An officer finally got Maldjian to stop in the middle of "Wish You Were Here."

The police say the crowd turned on them. Some of the spectators cursed at officers and one person shouted, "Welcome to Nazi Germany."

Maldjian faces multiple counts, including recklesss endangerment and disorderly conduct.

Some of the spectators may also face charges.

“The Governor’s executive orders are commonsense measures to keep people safe during this historic health crisis,” said Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.  “When people like the partiers in Rumson flout the orders and show disrespect and hostility to police officers, they not only put themselves and the others immediately involved in peril, they risk inciting others to engage in such irresponsible and dangerous behavior.  Our police officers are working courageously every day to protect us all, and we will continue to charge anyone who violates the emergency orders, which literally are a matter of life and death.”

Gov. Phil Murphy has said New Jersey has zero tolerance for "knuckleheads" who host gatherings during the coronavirus outbreak.

"We have got to stay home. We have got to stay away from each other," Murphy said. "We are taking a zero tolerance policy against anyone who acts so stupidly."

Violations of the emergency orders carry a potential sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.  

Newark police this weekend also issued 180 summonses for violating the emergency orders and ordered 11 non-essential businesses closed.

A Teaneck woman was charged with terroristic threats for spitting and coughing at officers on several occasions and stating she was COVID positive. Grewal said a 16-year-old girl at a Wegmans in West Windsor pulled down her face mask and coughed on a customer who said she was standing too close.  

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