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New Jersey governor closing parks, forests

New Jersey governor closing parks, forests
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New Jersey Gov. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyKabul attack spurs fears over fate of Afghan women as US exits Sen. Murphy calls for Yemen's Houthis to accept ceasefire following trip to Middle East US, Iran signal possible breakthroughs in nuke talks MORE (D) announced the closure of all county and state parks and forests, as the death toll from COVID-19 rises.

Murphy said the parks and forests were too often becoming gathering places where social distancing was not being observed.

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With over 44,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, New Jersey has the second most in the country, behind only neighbor New York. More than 1,232 people in New Jersey have died from the disease, according to Murphy's Tuesday press conference. 

Murphy also extended New Jersey's state of emergency by another 30 days.

New Jersey isn't the first state to close its parks and forests. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) earlier on Tuesday closed all state parks and historic sites.

"The temporary closure of our state parks and historic sites will help us achieve this goal by preventing the gathering of large groups of people," Abbott said in a statement.

And on Monday, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) ordered all state-owned campgrounds to be closed.