New Jersey ill-prepared for COVID-19 pandemic: Report

(The Center Square) — New Jersey Republicans are seizing on a new independent report detailing Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it backs up their claims that he mismanaged the crisis.

The 907-page report, which was overseen by Paul Zoubek, a Republican former assistant state attorney general, examined New Jersey’s preparedness for COVID-19, gauged the state’s overall handling of the pandemic response, and recommended steps the state can take to prepare for future public health emergencies.

Overall, the report concluded that New Jersey — like much of the rest of the nation — was ill-prepared to deal with the deadly virus outbreak when it first surfaced in early 2020 and said the state needs to do more to prepare for the next public health emergency.

“We collectively failed as a nation and as a state to be adequately prepared,” Zoubek wrote in a report summary. “At the
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