Murphy not backing down on indoor masks, and even MSNBC wonders why. Here are the politics.


New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut. Like New Jersey, all are Northeast states hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with Democratic governors who imposed sweeping restrictions to battle it, sometimes in coordination.

And all of them have announced in recent days they are adopting new federal guidance that says people vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear masks or social distance in most cases.

But not New Jersey.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who’s running for re-election this year, insists it’s too soon to lift the Garden State’s indoor mask mandate for vaccinated people, saying while COVID-19 numbers have improved, too many people are unvaccinated and more time would be helpful.

He’s also said he doesn’t want essential workers like servers at restaurants or cashiers at stores to be the arbiters of who’s vaccinated and who isn’t as new cases — and deaths — are announced daily.

“I just don’t want to get burned,” Murphy…

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