Former Gov. Kean weighs in on a federal COVID-19 Commission

Co-chair of the 9/11 Commission says the task would be not to find fault, but to make corrections

As co-chair of the 9/11 Commission, former Gov. Tom Kean knows a thing or two about leading a national panel after a time of crisis, and he has some sage advice for the coming reckoning over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kean recently sat down for a segment of “Governors’ Perspectives with Kent Manahan” on NJTV and shared his thoughts on what a possible “COVID commission” could and should look like.

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) in September proposed the establishment of such a commission modeled after the 9/11 Commission. Kean said some clear criteria should be applied, including that it be bipartisan and that it is not about placing blame.

“The job of the commission is not to find fault,” Kean told Manahan. “The job of the commission is to make corrections, to find out what we did wrong this time, so we can correct it for the future.”