NJ governor calls for assessment of coronavirus response after crisis abates

NJ governor calls for assessment of coronavirus response after crisis abates
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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) on Thursday called for a review of the federal government's response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

"On the one hand, I'll leave history to the historians in terms of how we got here," Murphy told CNN's Wolf Blitzer when asked about the Trump administration's response to the spreading pandemic.

"But on the other hand, we've got — all of us have to do one of the biggest postmortems, when the dust settles on this, in the history of our country. We've got to figure out how the heck we got into this spot and make sure we never get in this spot ever again.”

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Murphy’s comments come a day after congressional Democrats proposed legislation that would create a commission to review the president’s response to the pandemic, similar to the one put in place after the 9/11 attacks.

On Thursday, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi Sunday shows preview: Leaders weigh in as country erupts in protest over George Floyd death 5 things to know about US-China tensions over Hong Kong Pelosi calls Trump's decision to withdraw US from WHO 'an act of extraordinary senselessness' MORE (D-Calif.) established a special House committee to examine the federal response to the pandemic, tapping Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.), the Democratic whip, to lead the bipartisan panel.

At a Thursday briefing, Trump warned against “partisan investigations” during the national crisis.

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"I want to remind everyone here in our nation’s capital, especially in Congress, that this is not the time for politics," Trump said, reading from prepared remarks. "Endless partisan investigations have already done extraordinary damage to our country in recent years."

Murphy also said that though he is "grateful for" the federal support the state has received battling the coronavirus, he noted that "we need a lot more."

As of Thursday evening, 25,590 people have tested positive for the virus in the governor's state, and 537 have died, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.