Gov. Phil Murphy warned the coming months would be “brutal” amid rising COVID-19 case counts in New Jersey.
“Again, we’ll shutdown if we think by doing so we will directly impact transmission and we look at all of our options all the time and we’ll continue to. But, I would be lying if I did not say two things,” Murphy told MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle. “Number one, the next two or three months are going to be brutal, in New Jersey and I believe in America, but New Jersey is what I know the most.”
The governor said his staff was in communication with the Trump administration and President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration on the virus, though he again said Trump’s refusal to begin the presidential transition was putting lives at risk.
“They, however, don’t have any communication on vaccines, on testing, on the virus, between those two camps. That is completely, utterly unacceptable,” Murphy said. “It is the current administration’s responsibility to fix that and fix that quickly. In that absence of that, we’re putting people’s lives at risk unequivocally.”