Update: The GSA acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden as the election’s winner Monday evening.
Gov. Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli wrote General Services Administration Administrator Emily Murphy urging her to release funds allowing President-elect Joe Biden to formally begin the transition process, warning that her failure to do so could cost American lives.
“The time for politics has passed. the time for coming together to save lives is now,” the governor said. “There is perhaps no more important area where the transition must get going than where a vaccine is concerned.”
The GSA administrator has refused to sign a letter that would release government funds and allow Biden and his team to receive briefings from government agencies, including ones that would cover the country’s vaccination efforts.
It’s also blocking background checks and access to classified information and office space granted to other presidents-elect.
Emily Murphy, a Trump nominee, is reportedly stalling the transition because she believes today’s situation mirrors the grueling saga surrounding 2000’s presidential election.
That race dragged on for more than a month over counts in Florida, but this year’s election wasn’t close, and President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud have repeatedly been thrown out of court, and even those suits could not have changed the results of the election.
“We’re now back in a place we haven’t seen in many months, an unlike some across the country who seem content to just let the virus have its way, that’s not what we’re about in New Jersey,” Gov. Murphy said. “We also know that responding to the crisis is not for us to do alone. We need the federal government to be right there alongside us as we fight COVID’s resurgence.”