Returning to normal delayed yet again in New Jersey as Murphy pauses reopening

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy

TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy delivered a message to the residents of the state on CNN Monday to tell the cable television network, reopening New Jersey and returning to life as normal is on hold again in the Garden State.

The governor’s new reopening metric has shifted now to “caseload”. The COVID-19 “caseload” is back over 4,000 new cases per day.

“My guess is we won’t be opening capacity for some time now because of the caseload,” he said.

Despite having one of the nation’s most COVID-19 restricted and locked-down states, the Governor admitted on Monday, “We are back to leading the nation in the spread of this virus.”

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“I wouldn’t say it’s an alarm. There are a bunch of things coming together at the same time and we’re trying to balance all these sorts of megatrends,” the governor said during Monday’s press briefing. “Getting that balance right is not easy. So, we’re therefore using caution.”

For now, New Jersey will remain in a holding pattern as far as continuing the path to reopening at 100% capacity and returning to the way things used to be before COVID-19