Thousands of New Jerseyans again took to the streets for demonstrations sparked by the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis and long-simmering frustrations over racial inequality and police brutality in our nation. All of the officers involved in Floyd’s death have been fired and charged with aiding and abetting. The officer who was recorded kneeling on Floyd’s neck, leading to his death, has been charged with second degree murder.
There is yet another sign the state is emerging from the coronavirus outbreak. The state’s Motor Vehicle Commission, one of the most-visited agencies in state government, will begin a phased reopening starting June 15. Road tests and new license approvals are tentatively scheduled to begin June 29.
Despite planned reopenings, Thursday evening the Gov. Phil Murphy extended the public health emergency he declared for the coronavirus outbreak by another 30 days. It keeps in place all of Murphy’s executive orders, including the one asking residents to stay home as much as possible.
The state is still logging new coronavirus cases every day. Overnight another 864 positive tests were reported. Statewide 163,336 residents have contracted the virus. Additionally, 79 more lives were lost putting New Jersey’s death toll at 12,049. Hospitalization and retransmission rates are all dropping.