New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says the state has 4,400 positive tests and 62 deaths. The numbers are up because of community spread and because testing facilities are open, he said.
“We are all in on stay at home,” the governor told local radio program Hot 97 Ebro in the Morning.
“There is hope on the horizon we just don’t know when that is, but hope for the best but prepare for the worst let’s not be fooling each other right now,” he said. “This is a war.”
On federal help, Murphy said “I need him, I need the Vice President, we need the federal government, we need the White House.”
The White House team for the most part has been “good” to deal with, Murphy said. The White House helped approve standing up four field hospitals that the Army Corps and FEMA are setting up for the state, he added.
He said the state is “desperately short” of Personal protective equipment noting the government has already given 2 installments “ but we need a lot more.”
With regards to Trump’s optimism about being able to slowly open up around April 12, Murphy said, “I’ll be the happiest guy in New Jersey, maybe in America, if that’s the case but I sadly think the data is suggesting to us we’re not going to be there.”
He said of the stimulus package “it’s a big deal” adding but “it’s not everything”
“We’re hemorrhaging money as a state, because we’re at the front lines helping folks who are sick out of work small businesses etc,” he said.