CAMDEN, NJ — As New Jersey begins to cautiously lift COVID-19 restrictions, Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday named 21 individuals to the state-made Restart and Recovery Commission.

Among the members is former president and CEO of Campbell's Soup, Denise Morrison, who along with others members will begin virtual meetings to focus on the short-term and long-term economic issues brought on or exacerbated because of the pandemic.

Murphy said the commission, which will also focus on impacted areas like public health, workforce issues and transportation, will run "as long as necessary to inform the restart and recovery of our state's economy."

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Morrison, who left Campbell's in May 2018, was critical in funding Camden-based non-profit, Women of the Dream - made in tandem with friend Leslie Morris and works to help minority Camden students. 

“In this challenging and unprecedented time, it is clear that COVID-19 poses serious threats to the health and well-being of people and businesses including those in New Jersey,” said CEO of Merck & Co., Kenneth Frazier, who is co-chairing the commission. “As a company proudly headquartered in New Jersey, Merck recognizes our responsibility to help the state respond to this pandemic."

Jonathan Holloway, incoming president of Rutgers University, will also be on the commission — outlined further here.

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