Murphy condemns Trump fundraiser; NJ considers restrictions after COVID-19 cases spike

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BEDMINSTER, New Jersey (WABC) -- Governor Phil Murphy is also now considering targeted restrictions similar to what we are seeing in New York City after some communities in Monmouth and Ocean Counties are seeing a spike in cases.

In Ocean County, the infection rate in 7.2. This as the governor comdemed the president's trip to Bedminster and called it the "wrong decision at every level."

President Donald Trump's fundraiser at his Bedminster golf club hours before he announced he had contracted the coronavirus was wrong and "put lives at risk," Governor Murphy said.

The state is trying to keep tabs on the 206 attendees and 19 workers in an effort to thwart a potential outbreak stemming from the large gathering last Thursday, which included an indoor roundtable with the president that one attendee said lasted 45 minutes or more, he said.

"The actions leading up to and following this event have put lives at risk," Murphy said at an afternoon news conference. "This is very much a race against the clock."

Murphy, a Democrat, made several television appearances Monday, saying state and federal officials were still working on contact tracing. He urged anyone at the club while the president was there to quarantine for two weeks.
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"If you think you've been in touch or in the midst of someone who is COVID positive you've got to take yourself off the field," he said. "This borders on reckless in terms of exposing people."

State health officials in New Jersey have contacted more than 200 people who attended a campaign fundraiser at the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster on Thursday, hours before the president announced he had COVID-19, as they try to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

Somerset County officials were meanwhile contacting employees who worked the event, most of whom live in the county. In a joint statement issued Sunday, the officials asked guests and employees to monitor their symptoms and, if they were close to President Trump or his staff, to quarantine for 14 days.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said the president had no contact with any donors or staff that "would be considered to be 'close' based on CDC guidelines (more than 15 minutes and within 6 feet)."

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"During the roundtable event and remarks, the President was more than 6 feet away from all participants," he said.

Dallas businessman Daniel Hux, who attended the event, said he was feeling fine Sunday, and had just undergone another test, as he and other donors had before the fundraiser.

"I'm grateful our President engaged his supporters safely while at the event," Hux said in a statement. "My prayers are with our President and the first lady."

Hux, who owns a mortgage company, declined to say where he had traveled in the interim. He said he was never within 6 feet of the president, but was quarantining just in case.

Dr. Rich Roberts, a pharmaceutical executive from New Jersey who made a video describing the event, said he sat a seat away from Trump during an indoor roundtable event, which he said involved about 19 people and lasted perhaps 45 minutes or more. Roberts did not return messages Sunday from The Associated Press about the video, which was posted on a local news site, The Lakewood (New Jersey) Scoop.

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Charlie Kolean, also from Dallas, said the coronavirus test he took upon returning home from New Jersey came back negative Sunday. He'll take another one in a few days.

Kolean, who works in investments, said from what he noticed at the event, Trump campaign members were all masked and socially distant, as were Bedminster staff, who also wore gloves.

During the photo opportunity with the president, the 25-year-old said donors were required to stand 6 feet from the president, on a marker taped to the floor.

"I know there were rumors of him being lethargic or tired. That was not the case at all at this event. He was very high energy, happy to be there. I noticed no difference in his health from previous times I've seen him," Kolean said.

Former Governor Chris Christie is going on day four of treatment at Morristown Medical Center after spending time with President Trump and testing positive.
He is able to make and receive calls.

Tuesday the head of the White House Coronavirus Taskforce, Dr. Deborah Birx, will visit New Jersey colleges where the return to in-person instruction led to outbreaks at places like Rutgers.

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Suddenly, the brutal death of George Floyd while in the custody of police officers in Minneapolis filled the streets of a nation with rage and sorrow. New York was no different. Protesters put the fear of the virus aside and took to the streets by the thousands. Abandoning the safety and comfort of social distance, to demand social change.




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