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Communications key to Murphy crisis management

By David Wildstein, March 22 2020 10:22 pm

Communications with government officials, private sector and non-profit groups and stakeholders is an essential piece of Gov. Phil Murphy’s crisis management strategy.

Across state government, the number of briefings can number hundreds every day.  Some are regularly scheduled, and others are viewed as “one-offs,” completed on an as-needed basis.

Murphy’s staff are conducting regular briefings daily that occur far below the public radar.  They have calls every day with county officials and staffers for the New Jersey congressional delegation to share information.

The governor leads several calls a day in addition to a daily press briefing that includes New Jersey Commissioner of Health Judy Persichilli and other state officials as needed. Recent calls included ones for labor leaders, health care CEOs, law enforcement officials, and the congressional delegation.

Murphy today described some of his calls as “bilaterals” – speaking to one individual who will, in turn, communicate with others. He cited a call with New Jersey Hospital Association chair Kevin Slavin.

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