Phil Murphy says no coronavirus outbreaks in New Jersey linked to Trump fundraiser

Phil Murphy says no coronavirus outbreaks in New Jersey linked to Trump fundraiser
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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said Tuesday that officials have not detected any coronavirus outbreaks in the state linked to a fundraiser President TrumpDonald TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports MORE held earlier this month at his club in Bedminster.

“We’re not aware of any outbreaks, and the federal response was extremely disappointing,” Murphy said at a press conference with Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezSenate presses Biden's pick for secretary of State on Iran, China, Russia and Yemen Year-end deal creates American Latino, women's history museums Lawmakers call for including creation of Latino, women's history museums in year-end spending deal MORE (D-N.J.), Rep. Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) Malinowski'I saw my life flash before my eyes': An oral history of the Capitol attack Mo Brooks defends comments at pro-Trump rally after 'vicious and scurrilous' attacks House Democrats unveil resolution to censure Rep. Mo Brooks over Capitol riots MORE (D-N.J.) and state legislative leaders on a different topic.

The announcement comes almost two weeks after Trump held a fundraiser at his golf club on Oct. 1, hours before he announced he’d tested positive for COVID-19. Officials quickly became concerned that the fundraiser would emerge as a superspreader event. Those fears spiked after numerous people who attended a later event at the White House tested positive for the coronavirus.


The state government was forced to undergo a massive contact tracing operation after Trump’s announcement to get in touch with fundraiser attendees and workers, and Murphy later announced that the state opened an investigation into reports that the event “may not have compiled” with state coronavirus rules.

“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” after the event.

The Garden State is already grappling with a spike in coronavirus cases. Fueled by outbreaks linked to Orthodox Jewish communities in the state, New Jersey had nearly 1,000 new cases over the previous day, Murphy said Tuesday, a figure comparable to some of the worst days of the pandemic in May.

More than 16,000 people have died in New Jersey from the pandemic.