Ahead of a holiday weekend unlike any other in recent memory, this national birthday comes in the midst of heightened social unrest that has many residents questioning for whom this Independence Day was meant. The weekend also comes as the United States sets a new record for coronavirus cases in a single day — surpassing more than 50,000. New Jersey is among the few states continuing to make progress containing the virus.
Friday the state reported 386 new positive tests for a cumulative total of 172,742. That’s with 58 more lives lost and a combined total of 15,164 confirmed and probable deaths due to COVID-19.