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Murphy, Norcross meet with Trump official on Covid response

By David Wildstein, December 11 2020 2:03 pm

Sometimes politics gets put aside in the interests of the public.

Cooper University Hospital in Camden brought an unusual triumvirate together to talk about slowing the spread of a global pandemic today: Gov. Phil Murphy, political powerhouse George Norcross, and Dr. Deborah Birx, President Donald Trump’s coronavirus response coordinator.

The group participated in a roundtable discussion today at the hospital Norcross runs.

Also present: Murphy’s chief of staff, George Helmy, and Kevin O’Dowd, who served as Gov. Chris Christie’s chief of staff and is now the Co-President/CEO of Cooper University Health Care.  New Jersey Commissioner of Health Judy Persichilli was also present.

“We talked about testing, therapeutics, vaccine.  Had a pretty sobering view of the country’s state of the pandemic,” Murphy said.  “Cooper’s doing an extraordinary job, I have to say.”

This story was updated at 2:09 with comment from Murphy.

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