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Will supply chain problems hit Jersey this holiday season? Murphy thinks it’s likely

By Joey Fox, October 13 2021 3:55 pm

At his twice-a-week Covid briefing today, Gov. Murphy says that New Jersey will “inevitably” be hit in some fashion by issues in the supply chain in the coming holiday months, though he insisted the state is in a better position to weather the problems than most.

“Inevitably, given the global reality – nothing specific to do with New Jersey – I would bet you there’s going to be challenges,” he said. “We’ll obviously do everything we can.”

Across the country, consumers have experienced shortages of goods caused by Covid and, more recently, by heavily congested ports. Murphy said it’s a “great testament” to the Port Authority and longshoremen of New Jersey that the state’s ports have not suffered as badly as those in California or Georgia.

Murphy also noted that, because so many goods arrive in the New York metropolitan area in the first place, the state may be more successful at keeping consumer goods flowing than some others.

“If any state’s going to be able to keep stuff moving, it’s going to be us, but I don’t think we’re immune to the global supply challenges, including everything from lumber to chips to toys,” he said.

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