CORONAVIRUS IN NJ: Gov. Murphy reports 2,633 new cases, 460 additional deaths after meeting with Trump

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April 30, 2020 - 1:40 pm

    TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS) — Gov. Phil Murphy reported Thursday reported 2,633 new positive coronavirus cases, bringing the statewide total to 118,652.

    An additional 460 coronavirus related deaths were reported on Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 7,228.

    Currently, there are 6,137 patients hospitalized coronavirus as number continue to decrease, which Murphy called "a very good sign,.

    State parks and golf courses will also be opening this weekend which Murphy said will be a "crucial test". that will be closely monitored to make sure residents continue to enforce social distance regulations. "Don’t let a few knuckleheads ruin it for everyone," Murphy warned.

    Earlier that day, Murphy met at the Oval Office with President Donald Trump over the state possibly needing $20 billion to $30 billion in assistance to deal with COVID-19 fallout.

    "It was a productive and broad discussion," Murphy said. "All in all it was a very good meeting."

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    The cash would “keep firefighters, teachers, police, EMS, on the payroll serving the communities in their hour of need,” Murphy said, alongside Trump at the White House.

    "We don’t see it as a bailout," Murphy said. "We see this as a partnership doing the right thing in what is the worst health care crisis in the history of our nation. And I want to again thank the president for an extraordinary spirit of partnership across the whole spectrum of our needs."

    The cash Murphy is seeking represents a huge chunk of the budget he unveiled this year, from 50% to more than 75% of the proposed spending plan.

    President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting about the coronavirus response with Gov. Phil Murphy, D-N.J., in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, April 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Murphy has called for direct cash assistance from Congress and the president for weeks, citing the state’s drop-off in revenue because of the virus. GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had earlier suggested he would consider legislation to let states declare bankruptcy, but has shifted his tone and says he’s open to talking about aid to states.

    Trump was noncommittal on the federal aid, which Murphy has warned is necessary to avoid widespread layoffs in the state.

    "That’s a tough question because you’re talking about the states and whether you call it a bailout or a lot of money," Trump said.

    At the meeting, Trump touted the number of ventilators the federal government acquired for New Jersey, which has seen their use declining in recent days, so much so that Murphy said they’ve begun turning them over to other states.

    Trump also spoke warmly of Murphy’s having jumped into the coronavirus crisis just days after surgery to remove cancer from his kidney in March.

    “You can’t have a better representative than this man. That I can tell you,” Trump said.

    Murphy thanked the federal government for what he expects will be a doubling by late May of the number of COVID-19 tests it completes daily, which stands at about 9,000 per day.

    The state has been working toward doubling its testing capacity for weeks, Murphy has said previously. It’s unclear how the increase will be achieved, but boosting testing is one of the preconditions Murphy has set for reopening the state.

    Unlike some Democratic officials, Murphy has largely praised the president’s response. The cross-party friendship called to mind the 2012 meeting between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Gov. Chris Christie, whose near-embrace after Superstorm Sandy generated numerous headlines.

    New Jersey is the second-hardest-hit state, with about 116,000 positive coronavirus cases and 6,770 deaths.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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