Republican state lawmakers questioned Gov. Phil Murphy’s management of the pandemic inside long-term care centers in the state, with a public hearing Friday. Families and advocates blamed Murphy administration policies for contributing to the deaths of roughly 8,000 people.
Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) said the panel is shining a spotlight on what went wrong, but the administration calls it nakedly political. One nonpartisan advocate who testified before the panel said the pandemic only magnified preexisting problems with the nursing home industry and said Murphy’s biggest mistake was trusting the industry to properly quarantine COVID-19 patients. Senior Correspondent Brenda Flanagan reports.