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Gov. Phil Murphy. Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

Murphy wants federal review of coronavirus preparedness to mirror bi-partisan 9/11 Commission

Governor pledges transparent post-mortem of state response

By David Wildstein, April 04 2020 2:48 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy today called on the federal government to conduct a comprehensive post-mortem of the circumstances surrounding the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

He said he hopes the review mirrors the one conducted after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

“No politics, bi-partisan, just the facts, like the 9/11 Commission that one of my mentors, Gov. Tom Kean chaired,” Murphy said. “That’s what we need for our country.”

Murphy promised that his administration will conduct a “rigorous” state-level review as well and said the findings will be fully transparent.

“We have no choice and we will make sure of that,” he said. “You have my commitment.”

Commissioner of Health Judy Persichilli said the state has already begun work on a full evaluation after the pandemic has ended.

“We’ve asked every department to have an after-action plan, to write down every single day what could be better,” she said.  “I have a whole list in front of me.  At the end of every day, I add to it.”

Persichilli said that “All of the departments within state government not only had plans that they dusted off from the shelf and updated.

“We’ve done some things extraordinarily well,” the commissioner stated.  “There’s a lot of things I think we can address to be even more prepared going into the future.”

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