CLARK, NJ - In his briefing Thursday, Governor Murphy put names, faces and stories to several New Jerseyans lost to COVID-19 recently.    One was former Clark resident Martin Kennedy, 76, who died earlier this month from complications caused by the virus.

According to Murphy, Kennedy worked at the former Hyatt Roller Bearing in Clark before heading off to a 20-year career at General Motors in Linden and then retiring in 2006.  The governor said Kennedy loved golf, classic cars, and his summers on Long Beach Island.

“Three more tremendous members of our unique and diverse family lost.  Three more families left mourning,” said Murphy. “And we mourn with them as if they were our own because in every way, in fact, they are. We are one state, one people, we rise, and we fall as one.”

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He continued with, “And as we move forward together in the days ahead in our restart and recovery we cannot forget the tremendous toll that COVID-19 has had on our family, and we cannot forget those who will not be with us as we individually and as a state rise again. “

The residents Murphy spoke of today are three in the total number of deaths from COVID-19 which stands at 11,401 as of the briefing time. 

In additional remarks Murphy congratulated residents for doing what was needed by staying home, avoiding people, wearing masks and more to help flatten the curve.   “We are still digging out, we made an enormous amount of progress, but we are still digging out,” he said.

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