TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy began Friday’s COVID-19 press briefing on a somber note by expressing his outrage over two gunmen who fired on the home of two Camden County police officers while their newborn baby was inside.
The gunmen shot at the officers’ home in Camden late Tuesday and struck the home at least six times, according to Camden police. The couple were inside the home, but they and the baby were unharmed, police said.
“I am disgusted, disgusted, by the despicable and cowardly actions of an individual or individuals who fired six rounds into the house of two Camden Police officers last night,” Murphy said. “We need to find the people responsible for this heinous act and bring them to justice.”
“Our police are not just the women and men who protect our communities. In many cases, they are members of the same communities where they serve. They are our friends, they are our neighbors,” he added.
New Environmental Legislation Signed into Law
The governor announced that this morning in Newark he signed into law legislation that requires the New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) to evaluate the environmental and public health impacts of certain facilities on overburdened communities when reviewing certain permit applications.
The historic environmental justice legislation requires the DEP to evaluate the environmental and public health impacts of the following facilities on overburdened communities when reviewing the following permit applications:
- Major sources of air pollution (i.e., gas fired power plants and cogeneration facilities);
- Resource recovery facilities or incinerators; sludge processing facilities;
- Sewage treatment plants with a capacity of more than 50 million gallons per day;
- Transfer stations or solid waste facilities;
- Recycling facilities that receive at least 100 tons of recyclable material per day;
- Scrap metal facilities;
- Landfills and Medical waste incinerators, except those attendant to hospitals and universities.
“I was proud to sign into law the nation's strongest environmental justice measure – ensuring that long-overlooked communities that had been previously condemned to life with polluted air and water are given a voice in the development proposed for their neighborhoods,” Murphy said.
Latest COVID Numbers
Murphy reported that there are 519 new positive COVID-19 test results recorded, which pushes the statewide cumulative total since March 4th to 198,848. There are 413 patients in New Jersey hospitals (221 COVID-19 positive patients and 192 “Persons Under Investigation” pending the return of test results). Among hospitalized patients, 73 are in intensive care and 36 are on ventilators.
“Sadly, we must report five additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing our statewide total of confirmed deaths to 14,270,” Murphy said. “All the deaths we are reporting today are from the past five days. The number of probable deaths remains 1,791.”
The governor continues to encourage New Jerseyans to cooperate with contact tracers.
“If a contact tracer reaches out to you, take the call. For the sake of your health, your family’s health, and for our ability to defeat #COVID19,” pleaded Murphy, who said the state has 1,864 tracers on-the-ground, which represents 21 contact tracers for every 100,000 New Jersey residents.