NEW JERSEY - Governor Murphy suddenly stopped his press conference on Wednesday to honor the lives lost and to reflect on the sheer gravity of death in New Jersey thus far during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The moment of silence was held for the unfathomable number of men and women, fellow human beings, fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, grandmothers and grandfathers, aunts, uncles and cousins, friends... who are no longer physically with us here on earth.

The governor said:

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"Today we are reporting the loss of an additional 329 blessed souls,  friends, family members, neighbors - we have now lost a total of 6,770 blessed souls from our New Jersey family to COVID 19 related complications."

Murphy continued, "To put that in perspective… pause and think about this for second...the number of 6,770 is more than New Jersey lost in World War I,  the Korean War and the Vietnam War, both Gulf Wars, Afghanistan and Iraq, Super Storm Sandy and 9/11 combined."

Combined.

The press conference on Wednesday was frozen in time to hear the number again. "six thousand seven hundred and seventy" said the governor. "And the blessed souls that were lost in all of those wars, in all of those attacks and incidents and storms each and every one of them we keep in our memory and prayers - but to think that with 329 added as of today to a number that is more than all of those combined - it takes your breath away."

"I haven't done this in a while but I would ask us all take a brief moment of silence. God bless each and every one..." said Murphy.

We take a Moment of Silence together in New Jersey to mourn for them all and honor their memory.