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Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Murphy: DNC should make convention contingency plans

Democratic leaders should be prepared for COVID-19 to disrupt July convention, governor says

By Nikita Biryukov, April 01 2020 3:11 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy said he would be making contingency plans for the Democratic National Committee’s July convention if he chaired the organization.

“It’s going to be hard to not have to consider doing something with the convention in Milwaukee,” Murphy said at Wednesday’s COVID-19 briefing. “When you have the Olympics being postponed, the Indy 500, all of these sorts of things that are happening even in summer months right now are getting postponed — hard for me to believe that that’s not on the list of considerations.”

The DNC’s convention is slated to take place in Milwaukee on July 13-16.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, on Wednesday said it was “hard to envision” a July convention amid the pandemic.

DNC Chairman Tom Perez earlier this month said he had no intention of cancelling the event, but more recently he has said national Democrats are planning for “every eventuality.”

“Hard for me to believe that that’s not on the list of considerations, but I’ve got no insight,” Murphy said. “If I were in his shoes, you’d have to be making contingency plans right now.”

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