TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy, each morning reads off a list of COVID-19 memorials, those who died of the deadly disease that claimed so many lives between March and May of this year. There’s just one problem, his daily memorial service is misleading to the people of New Jersey who suspect those individuals are new deaths. Most of the time, his roll call is of people who passed back in April and May. He needs to start adding a disclaimer just like the one he gives on his daily death count where the majority of deaths are “new found” deaths from several months ago that are now being reported.
He needs to let the people of New Jersey know the date of death in those memorials, because not only is he creating a disservice for New Jersey residents, he’s creating a disservice to the families of those who died, and many who he killed when he forced long term care facilities to take sick and infected patients.
On Friday, the three names he read, all died back in April, as has been the case for the past few weeks. The governor owes it to New Jersey to be completely honest in his daily briefings.