Murphy not ready to impose harsh restrictions in NJ, though COVID-19 is getting ‘unequivocally worse’

By KYW Newsradio

SOUTH JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — Although COVID-19 cases are continuing to mount in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy is not tightening restrictions just yet.

He reported another 3,635 new coronavirus cases on Friday, as the state approaches 15,000 total deaths.

And with the holidays almost here, Murphy said it’s not getting better any time soon.

“It is going to get unequivocally worse,” he said, “and that includes everything from cases per day to hospitalizations.”

While all options remain on the table, Murphy isn’t planning any new restrictions soon. He said shutting down small businesses could doom them.

“You shut (down) essential, nonessential workplace or indoor dining, you’re basically putting a bullet in them. And unless we see explicit transmission coming out of there, that’s blood on our hands, in a different respect.”

Murphy implored leaders in the U.S. Senate to adopt another COVID-19 relief package, which he said would give the state more latitude to impose restrictions.

“It’s shameful that they have not acted in Congress, especially (Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell and the Republican Senate, to throw a lifeline to small businesses,” he added.