There’s no timetable to reopen from N.J. coronavirus lockdowns, ‘whether you like that or not,’ Gov. Murphy says
A fired-up Gov. Phil Murphy insisted Tuesday that more progress needs to be made in New Jersey’s battle against the coronavirus pandemic before the state lifts additional restrictions and reopens nonessential businesses, regardless of those lobbying for a faster plan as Memorial Day nears.
While hundreds of thousands of residents have filed for unemployment — with many struggling to get help from the state — and countless closed businesses losing revenue, Murphy said he doesn’t have a “magic date” or a timeline for removing more of the near-lockdown restrictions that have been in place for more than seven weeks.
That, the governor said, is because COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise in New Jersey, one of the nation’s coronavirus hotspots, and social distancing remains…