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New Jersey Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Steinhardt seeks probe of long-term facility deaths

By David Wildstein, May 14 2020 10:05 am

New Jersey Republicans want the Legislature to investigate coronavirus-related deaths in long-term care facilities, including Gov. Phil Murphy’s decision to require those facilities to accept patients who had tested positive for COVID-19.

“Senior homes are building makeshift morgues because of Governor Murphy’s poor judgment and weak leadership,” said Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt. “This administration turned long-term care facilities into death traps and locked in our parents, grandparents, veterans and other loved ones, and left them to die.”

Steinhardt called out Democratic legislators for announcing a probe on Wednesday, but quickly backing off and waiting until consultants hired by the Department of Health can complete their own review.

“Since the Democrat State legislature refuses to do its duty and protect the interests of the state’s residents, we are appealing to the federal government to intervene, be objective, and conduct an immediate and impartial investigation,” Steinhardt said.  “Someone must answer to New Jersey’s families.”

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