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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy speaks during his Saturday, April 18, 2020, press conference at War Memorial in Trenton, NJ, on the State’s response to the coronavirus. Pool photo by Thomas Costello for Gannett.

Murphy may recall National Guards sent to Washington if they do anything but defend monuments

By Nikita Biryukov, June 03 2020 2:25 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy said he may pull out National Guard troops New Jersey sent to the nation’s capital if they’re used for anything other than guarding national monuments.

“It is explicitly to guard federal … monuments, and if there is any diversion from that, we deserve the right to reassess that presence,” Murphy said.

New Jersey sent 85 members of the Guard to Washington amid protests over the killing of George Floyd, who died with his neck under the knee of now-former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

The term of the New Jersey Guards’ deployment is a limited one, Murphy said, though he did not provide additional information about the length of the deployment.

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