Murphy: New Jersey will ‘stay the course’ on social distancing


Governor Phil Murphy. | Seth Wenig / AP photo

Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy said Tuesday that he had no intention of undoing any of the steps he had taken in the past three weeks to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Murphy, whose gradual approach to curbing the spread of the virus began by banning gatherings of more than 250 people, but has since accelerated to a command for residents to “stay at home” and an almost complete shutdown of state retail stores, Reaffirmed His Belief The orders are required as the global pandemic in New Jersey progresses.

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President Donald Trump has announced that he wants the US economy back online by mid-April. While Murphy, an advanced democrat, stopped criticizing the government’s plan to attack, he also warned of the likelihood that this could happen.

“It’s not just the President,” Murphy said during his daily briefing, noting that New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman had done so written over the weekend on this topic. “Given the enormous impact on the economy, I can understand people who want to find the quickest and shortest route back to normal. … We have to do it responsibly and I don’t think anyone will suggest anything else, but we are not there yet and will stick to the course. ”

At this point, the future of the New Jersey economy will depend on Congress’s adoption of a stimulus package that is reported to be imminent and would allow the state to provide additional resources to its strained healthcare system while helping small businesses, the unemployed, and the general public support transportation network and annual budget, Murphy said.

“I spoke to [Trump] yesterday. He pointed out that he has now been released in the past few days – that he does not want the cure to be worse than the illness, ”said Murphy. “I don’t think either of us does, but I think there is a responsible way to do it.”

The Murphy administration has already decided to do so freeze more than $ 900 million in expenses for the rest of the current fiscal year as uncertainty about the state’s financial health continues to worsen.

At the same time, Murphy and the governors of New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut have applied for $ 100 billion in aid from the federal government. Murphy said New Jersey’s stake could be as high as $ 20 billion – almost half of New Jersey’s current annual budget.

Tuesday was the deadliest day since the Coronavirus arrived in New Jersey in early March, Murpjy announced 17 people diedAt the same time, the number of suspected positive cases rose by 30 percent to 3,675.

New Jersey has reported the second most common coronavirus case in a state after New York.

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