July 10, 2020

Coronavirus: Leadership During Crisis with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy

New Jersey bore a heavy burden at the outset of the pandemic, as the tri-state region became the epicenter of COVID-19 in America. As part of the Leadership During Crisis series New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) joined Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa to discuss the toll the virus has taken on the Garden State, both in lives and dollars. He’ll also outlined the progress his state is making in its phased reopening, and the challenges he sees ahead.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) says schools in the state will reopen with in-person learning in the fall, with comprehensive guidelines to manage classroom capacity and ensure social distancing. He said the biggest challenge for New Jersey and other states will be preventing the spread of the coronavirus from asymptomatic young people to older people in the school.
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When asked how much New Jersey would need in direct state aid if there is another round of federal stimulus, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said, ‘Short answer is $20 billion between mid this year and the end of next year.’
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When asked if he would consider raising taxes to fill New Jersey’s revenue shortfall, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said, ‘everything’s gotta be on the table,’ but he added, ‘There is no amount of revenue we can raise that comes close to the hole we’ve got at the moment.”
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New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have an imposed a 14-day quarantine for travelers from 19 states experiencing spikes in coronavirus cases. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said the order could be extended this summer. “If you’re coming back from a hot spot state, or you’re visiting from a hot spot state, we need you to self-quarantine and get tested…I never thought I’d say this, but in a perfect world I’d be building a wall around the place right now. We can’t prohibit folks from traveling from one state to another.”
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Gov. Phil Murphy
New Jersey (D)
Governor Phil Murphy, as he says, “grew up in a family that was middle class on a good day,” the youngest of four children with only one parent who graduated high school. His upbringing – where religion, a strong work ethic, education, and civic awareness were pillars of family life – shaped his values, his priorities, and the leader he is today. Since taking office, Governor Murphy has focused on building a stronger and fairer New Jersey that works for every family. He has signed legislation putting New Jersey on the path to a $15-an-hour minimum wage, enacted the nation’s strongest equal pay law to combat gender wage discrimination, ensured all workers have access to paid sick days, and expanded the state's Paid Family Leave provisions. Governor Murphy has put a new emphasis on restoring the state’s dominance in the innovation economy by reinvesting in workforce development and supporting the growth of innovative and start-up companies. Under his leadership, New Jersey is also emerging as a leader in combatting climate change through the deployment of offshore-wind energy technologies and banning offshore fossil-fuel exploration and drilling, among other measures to spur growth in the clean and renewable energy sectors.
Interviewed by Robert Costa
The Washington Post
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