RENO, Nev. (AP) — TRENTON, N.J. On Monday, New Jersey Democratic Governor Phil Murphy said that his government has begun an audit of its response to the COVID-19 epidemic.
Murphy announced in a statement on Monday that management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group and regional law firm Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads (with offices in the state as well as Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York) had been recruited by the government to conduct the assessment.
The governor has indicated a report on the study should be ready by the end of 2023. Murphy remarked, “The COVID-19 pandemic was one of the toughest problems our State — and nation — has ever faced.” While serving as governor during the epidemic, I was required to make decisions based on statistics, facts, and science to ensure the wellbeing of all 9.3 million citizens, regardless of party affiliation.
The first confirmed case of the virus in the United States was reported in New Jersey in early March of 2020. In May of 2021/22, the Garden State eliminated the mask requirement for immunised residents. A total of 4.7 million residents in the state were vaccinated, the governor announced in June. If you live in his state and have reservations about reinstituting the requirement, Murphy recommended “using common sense” in December.
Even though Murphy had promised the review for quite some time, he didn’t share any specifics about it until this past Monday. To no avail, the Democrat-controlled legislature ignored Republican calls for a thorough investigation into the government’s response to the outbreak. Republicans in the state were outraged by the damage to nursing and veterans’ homes and demanded action.
On Monday, a bipartisan group of Democrats, including state senators who lead relevant committees, expressed their approval of the inquiry.
Senators Joe Vitale, Joe Cryan, Vin Gopal, and Joseoph Lagana issued a joint statement through email, saying, “We can’t shy away from any painful lessons that will assist obtain a thorough knowledge of the triumphs and faults in managing what was an unparalleled public health catastrophe.”
They also stated their intention to keep working on change at state-run veteran facilities, such as the establishment of a Cabinet-level department to oversee their administration.
Republicans, who are in the minority in the Legislature and have criticised Murphy’s handling of the outbreak, said they wanted to participate in the monitoring process.
It’s better to do it now than never, but at what ultimate cost to taxpayers? GOP Assembly Leader John DiMaio stated.
The price tag for this report to the public remains unknown. Paul Zoubek, a former officer in the office of the state attorney general under Republican governors Christie Todd Whitman and Donald DiFrancesco, is slated to head the evaluation for the legal firm, as stated by the governor.
A third-party study of New York’s response to the outbreak was ordered in July by Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul. In addition, we won’t know that review’s findings until late 2023.