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New Jersey Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

State GOP wants McKinsey documents

Republicans continue focus on controversial consulting firm brought on to aid state’s pandemic communications

By Nikita Biryukov, December 02 2020 11:30 am

New Jersey’s Republican Party is seeking documents on a controversial consulting firm hired to aid the Murphy administration’s communication on COVID-19 restrictions.

“The people of New Jersey deserve to see what these spin doctors are cooking up for Phil Murphy,” Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt said. “The Governor’s failed COVID policies have led to over 7,000 nursing home deaths and one third of small businesses shuttering.”

The firm, McKinsey & Company, came under fire after reports revealed the firm suggested Purdue offer rebates to retailers like CVS for prescription opioid overdoses suffered by their customers.

Gov. Phil Murphy earlier this week said that proposal, which was not enacted, was “beyond the pale,” but the state has not altered its relationship with the consulting firm, which has since distanced itself from opioid businesses.

The state GOP filed an Open Public Records Act request seeking documents related to pandemic communications strategy created by McKinsey.

“If his PR team gave Purdue a plan to boost opioid sales, who knows what they are telling our Governor under these circumstances,” Steinhardt said. “My hope is that the Murphy Administration will disclose these documents in a timely fashion and give New Jersey residents some semblance of confidence as we face this next wave of COVID.”

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