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Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, campaigns for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy in 2017. Photo courtesy of Murphy for Governor.

Murphy will attend Biden inauguration ‘if I could travel safely’

With pandemic still raging, inauguration details still hazy

By Nikita Biryukov, November 20 2020 2:30 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy will travel to Washington to attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration only if it was safe to do so, he said Friday.

“This is one guy’s personal opinion–given that we’re still in the throes of this pandemic, I’d be surprised if its business as usual. I’d travel if I could travel safely, but right now, we’re telling people not to travel,” he said. “I hope it’s different two months from now, but I’m not sure it will be. I hope it is.”

Though Biden has emerged the presidential race’s clear winner, his inauguration may be waylaid by a still-raging pandemic that has killed more than 250,000 Americans.

Officials are planning to hold an in-person event in the nation’s capital, but details remain hazy.

Early indicators suggest the crowd on the National Mall will be smaller in some other inaugurations.

Performance and guests lists have yet to be determined.

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