Gov. Phil Murphy’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak inside New Jersey nursing homes is the subject of a new investigation. Republican lawmakers, who cried foul for months, on Friday began their own hearings into the statewide pandemic response and policies used for long-term care centers. Specifically, they are focusing on a directive from the state Department of Health that mirrored one from New York requiring nursing homes not to turn away COVID-19-positive patients.
Lawmakers heard from infectious disease experts, nursing home operators and caregivers. The Murphy administration declined to participate, as did Democratic lawmakers. GOP Sen. Declan O’Scanlon joins Anchor Briana Vannozzi.