NJ governor says Trump's Bedminster event under state investigation

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said Monday that President TrumpDonald TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE's fundraising event in Bedminster last week, which came after top aide Hope HicksHope HicksUPDATED: McEnany, Fox News talks on pause Trump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for coronavirus MORE had tested positive for COVID-19, is under state investigation.

The New Jersey governor tweeted that the state is investigating reports that the event at the Trump National Golf Club on Thursday “may not have compiled” with state coronavirus rules. The event was held hours before Trump announced that he and the first lady had tested positive for COVID-19. 


“Any failures to comply with our emergency orders will be referred to @NewJerseyOAG for a follow-up,” Murphy said.


Murphy confirmed on “CBS This Morning” that the state attorney general’s office was looking into the Bedminster event, which was “apparently” partly held indoors. 

“This entire event and everything associated with it is troubling, and it is being followed up on best we can and as aggressively as we can here in New Jersey,” the governor said in the interview. 

The New Jersey Department of Health and the Somerset County Department of Health released a joint statement on Sunday saying the White House and the golf club’s management provided officials with a list of at least 206 attendees at the Bedminster event.

In a series of tweets, Murphy said the state is conducting contact tracing for those 206 individuals and the 19 staff members who worked the Bedminster fundraiser. Out-of-state attendees were contacted with the assistance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 


The governor repeated his calls for attendees to get tested, saying they should get tested at least five to seven days after the event and self-quarantine for 14 days no matter the test results. 

Murphy said during his interview that “to the best of my knowledge” there’s been no confirmed cases to come out of the event yet but warned it could be a “number of days” before one does.

In both his tweets and his interview, Murphy wished Trump, first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJill Biden picks up where she left off The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden navigates pressures from Dems Former first lady launches 'Office of Melania Trump' MORE and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) healthy recoveries. But the governor also slammed the administration for its New Jersey visit.

“As they say, the virus doesn't care who you are, New Jersey doesn’t care who you are — a group of folks from out of state coming in knowingly having been exposed to someone who is COVID positive is really, really frustrating,” he told “CBS This Morning.”

The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that the president ordered at least one aide to keep their positive test results a secret on Thursday. People familiar with the president’s health also told the newspaper President Trump received a positive result through a rapid COVID-19 test before he called into Fox News for an interview with Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityCruz blames criticism of Cancun trip on media 'Trump withdrawal' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Tanden's odds plummet to lead OMB Former Trump officials eye bids for political office MORE Thursday evening. 

The president was transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday, hours after announcing his diagnosis. He announced Monday afternoon that he will be discharged later in the evening.