Seven Northeast governors (Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, Gov. Ned Lamont of Connecticut, Gov. John Carney of Delaware and Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island and Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts) have announced they are forming a working group to come up with a plan to restart the regional economy. The State leaders agreed it was essential to work together in developing plans to reopen businesses, schools and public transportation after weeks on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each state will provide a public health official, an economic development official and the governor’s chief of staff to form the working group, which has already begun working on preliminary details of what an economic restart will look like.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy called the coordination an “overwhelmingly prudent approach,” adding that scaling back the lockdown too early could lead to grave unintended consequences. He emphasized that “an economic recovery only occurs on the back of a complete health care recovery.”
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