New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy: US can open on June 1 only if we've 'broken the back' of COVID-19

He also said there must be broad scale testing and contract tracing in place.

April 16, 2020, 3:24 PM

Gov. Phil Murphy would be "the happiest guy" if he was able to start reopening New Jersey on June 1, but he listed multiple steps that have to be taken first, and ultimately, they need to "have broken the back of the" novel coronavirus.

"I'll be the happiest guy, if not in New Jersey, maybe in America or on the planet if we're able to start getting back on our feet on June 1," Murphy said during an interview for ABC News' "Powerhouse Politics" podcast. "But we've got to have broken the back of the virus. We've got to have that health care infrastructure in place. And we've got a plan that both works for us, for the region and for the country."

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