Murphy 'feeling great,' self-quarantining after two aides test positive for COVID-19

TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is “feeling great” and self-quarantining at home, he told 1010 WINS on Thursday — a day after he announced that two of his staffers had tested positive for COVID-19.

Murphy canceled his in-person events and opted to self-quarantine out of an abundance of caution on Wednesday after learning an aide he attended an outdoor event with on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19.

The governor and his wife both tested negative for COVID-19 on Wednesday, he told 1010 WINS’ Brigitte Quinn in an interview Thursday morning. He also tested negative on Monday, after taking a test “as a normal course of business.”

“I feel fine. And that’s an important point. Having been generally close to someone who has turned out to test positive, even though it was outdoors, I’ve got to practice what we preach, so I’ve taken myself off the field for a few days,” he said.

“I’ve gotten two negative tests this week, we’re going to get a couple more before we get back to seeing people again, but I’m feeling great, and I appreciate all of the outpouring of folks asking after me,” he added. “I had surgery in March… on my kidney, so I want to make sure I don’t trip any wires personally, but I feel great, and the checkups I had after six months were all clear.”

Murphy was with one of the staffers who tested positive for COVID-19 at a small “social engagement” held outdoors at a bar in Hoboken on Saturday, he said.

While the governor and his group of around six people took their masks off to eat and drink, they kept them on as they moved around the outdoor space, he said.

Murphy was near the staffer for “at most, 15 minutes,” he said, adding that he wasn’t “right up against this person.”

“Everybody who was at the table that we were at… has been tested at this point, and I believe, to the best of my knowledge, thank God, has been negative,” he said.

Staff members who had “closer, more prolonged contact” with the two aides who tested positive will self-quarantine for 14 days, he noted.

The two aides are “doing fine, thank God,” he said.

The governor plans to get tested again on Saturday and on Monday morning, he said. Until then, he and his staffers will be working from home.

“I’m largely doing what I otherwise would have been doing. It’s already become such a crazy, virtual world,” he said. “I won’t do a live press conference today, but I’ll be there at that press conference virtually.”