New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said with his “best understanding of the data” right now he suspects the state is “still a number of weeks away” in regards to reopening.
The state “suffered an extraordinary toll,” adding that fatalities continue to be significant, though he reiterated the positive test curve has flattened, Murphy said on NBC today.
There have been fatalities in each of the 21 counties, however the northeast part of the state, near New York City, “have been crushed.”
During the interview on NBC, the governor was asked what kind of path he would be expected to take on reopening.
“I suspect – while we haven’t made a decision on that we’re going to move as one state recognizing you’ve got density issues in the north that you just don’t have in the south," Murphy said.
Murphy was also asked about what services he may need to cut back on without funding from the government.
“We’ve had constructive conversations and exchanges and we’re on with the White House morning, noon and night on healthcare, on testing, on financial matters. I have to reiterate what senator McConnell said about letting states go bankrupt was both irresponsible and not factual," Murphy said. “We won’t go bankrupt but we’ll gut the living daylights out of things like educators, first responders, the very folks we desperately need.”
“This is the healthcare crisis of all time in our countries history, we need states to be fully funded at the point of attack being there for our residents and so we need a big slug," he added.