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Gov. Phil Murphy, left, with President Donald Trump during a meeting in the Oval office on April 30.

Murphy: Multi-state quarantine rule doesn’t apply to Trump

‘There is a carve out for essential workers,’ governor tells CNN

By Nikita Biryukov, June 25 2020 8:29 am

President Donald Trump won’t self-quarantine when he returns to his New Jersey golf club this weekend, and Gov. Phil Murphy is fine with that.

“There is a carve out for essential workers, and I think by any definition the President of the United States is an essential worker,” Murphy said on CNN Wednesday. “And I know the folks around him get tested all the time. I’ve been tested a couple of times when I’m with him over the past couple of months.”

Earlier Wednesday, Murphy and governors in New York and Connecticut announced a policy requiring visitors from states experiencing a high growth rate of COVID-19 cases to self-quarantine for two weeks upon entering any of the three northeastern states.

Trump frequently travels to other states, including a recent trip to Arizona, which is currently seeing its highest number of new COVID-19 cases in a single day.

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