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Assemblywoman Murphy on Department of Health Testimony to Assembly Budget Committee

Members of the New Jersey Department of Health, including Commissioner Judith Persichilli, testified before the Assembly Budget Committee today on the COVID-19 pandemic and other health concerns in the state.

Upon the conclusion of the hearing, Assemblywoman Carol Murphy (D-Burlington) issued the following statement:

“I want to thank Commissioner Persichilli and her team members for speaking with us today regarding the pandemic’s impact on our state and its finances. Their answers provided insight into ongoing COVID-19 efforts, such as the stockpiling of personal protective equipment (PPE) in our hospitals and long-term care facilities.

“With the possibility of a second wave on the horizon, it is critical our state prepares for a potential surge in cases and all that would entail. In addition to gathering PPE on behalf of our frontline workers, we must also ensure accurate, timely testing and access to healthcare for uninsured individuals. It is our responsibility as State officials to safeguard the health and well-being of New Jersey’s nine million residents throughout the remainder of this crisis.

“The information we received today will be invaluable in helping our committee, and the Assembly as a whole, determine legislative and budgetary priorities going forward.”