New Jersey governor tests negative for coronavirus

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy entered quarantine on Wednesday. | Noah K. Murray / AP Photo

BY KATHERINE LANDERGAN

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy tested negative for Covid-19 on Saturday, he shared on Twitter after being exposed a week ago to an employee who later turned positive.

“@FirstLadyNJ and I just got #COVID19 tests and luckily tested negative.” Murphy tweeted. “This pandemic is not over yet and we must all remain vigilant. Wear a mask. Social distance. Wash your hands. ”

Background: This week, Murphy had to confront two positive cases of the virus in his inner circle at the same time as coronavirus cases rise in New Jersey.

Murphy entered quarantine on Wednesday after being alerted during a press conference that Mike DeLamater, his assistant chief of staff, had tested positive. Murphy met with some beverage advisors outside at a bar in Hoboken last Saturday, and DeLameter was there for about 15 minutes but hadn’t been in close contact with the couple for an extended period of time, according to the governor’s office. Murphy said they followed state safety guidelines and wore masks at the table but took them off while eating and drinking.

Murphy spokesman Dan Bryan, who did not attend the gathering, has also tested positive for the virus and remains asymptomatic.

The governor’s office said later on Saturday that Bryan has received two negative tests since then. He plans to stay in quarantine.

The administration tested 66 people working in the Trenton building that houses the governor’s office. All people tested negative.

What’s next? Murphy and the first lady are planning another Covid-19 test before resuming their personal events next week.

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