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State Sen. Joe Pennacchio. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Pennacchio celebrates Senate COVID committee announcement

By Nikita Biryukov, May 22 2020 3:10 pm

State Sen. Joe Pennacchio celebrated Senate President Steve Sweeney’s announcement of a special committee to investigate the state’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

“I echoed the same concerns and desires articulated by the Senate President and Republican Leader Kean in today’s announcement,” Pennacchio said. “The focus of our committee must be a factual review of what has happened to date, what should not have happened, and how we can make it better going into the future.”

The bipartisan committee, whose membership has not yet been announced, will investigate the surge in COVID-19 cases in the state’s long-term care centers and prison, the virus’s impact on minority communities and the functionality of the state’s unemployment system, among other things.

“The special committee must be able to work in real time to share its concerns and determine how we can open up our economy and return to normalcy,” Pennacchio said. “It must determine how we can better safeguard the lives of our most vulnerable citizens living in long term nursing facilities.”

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