2020 DNC: Murphy honors coronavirus victims, frontline workers as N.J. votes to nominate Biden

Posted Aug 18, 2020

New Jersey’s delegates formally voted to nominate Joe Biden for president on Tuesday as Gov. Phil Murphy memorialized those who died of the coronavirus and saluted the frontline workers helping the state through the pandemic .

Murphy cast 139 votes for Biden and five for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who withdrew from the presidential race before the New Jersey primary.

The governor, standing in front of Convention Hall on the Asbury Park boardwalk, discussed the coronavirus during his brief time in the spotlight at the 2020 Democratic National Convention. He was joined by first lady Tammy Murphy and state Democratic leaders John Currie and Peg Schaffer.

“We’ve been hit hard by COVID, but we’re coming back,” Murphy said. “But we have to be smart. We have to listen to the experts. And we have to have a president who has a plan.”

The pandemic hit New Jersey early, and even now the Garden State has the second highest number of coronavirus-related deaths in the U.S.

Murphy cast the votes “in memory of all those we have lost, in solidarity with those who are sick or struggling, and in eternal gratitude to our historic frontline workers.”

While calling for a president with a plan to fight the virus, Murphy shied away from directly criticizing President Donald Trump, as he has throughout the pandemic.

Murphy shut down the state’s economy and required most residents to wear masks, helping to curb the spread of the virus. He continues to hold televised coronavirus briefings three times a week.

The state is still in Stage 2 of its reopening plan, with gyms, theaters, and indoor dining sections of bars and restaurants still closed.

The state now has 188,098 cases and 15,925 fatalities deaths to COVID-19 — 14,086 are lab-confirmed and 1,839 considered probable — in more than five months since the first case was reported March 4.

With the convention being held remotely rather than in Milwaukee, the traditional roll call of the states also took on a different look.

Rather than having a representative from each delegation tout that state’s attributes, this year’s convention featured a quick virtual roll call where each speaker briefly discussed the problems they face and how Biden will help solve them.

Besides governors, senators and representatives, the speakers included union members, activists, fishermen, chefs and firefighters.

Among the other topics were voting rights (Alabama), climate change (Alaska), gun control (Florida), health care (Kentucky), infrastructure (Missouri), mail-in voting (Utah), and fighint violence against gays (Wyoming).

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