NJ Will Cancel Standardized Tests, Calls On Feds For More Help

Gov. Phil Murphy
Photo credit Edwin J. Torres for Governor’s Office

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday that New Jersey has requested that all standardized testing be canceled and said it will not impact graduation requirements for any students.

In a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Murphy said that schools will remain closed until further notice. 

Like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Murphy reiterated the need for help from Washington to help the state get through the coronavirus crisis. He called for both personal protective equipment and a direct cash infusion from the federal government.

The governor said that the state was receiving a second shipment of supplies from the national stockpile, including 200,000 n95 masks and 84,000 respirators, but there was still need in hospitals. 

So far, New Jersey has 3,675 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 44 deaths. The state now has the second highest numbers of cases in the country.

Murphy said that the state has placed $900 million into a reserve to protect the fiscal stability of the state. 

The governor said that they are planning four field hospitals around the state, including at the Meadowlands. Each hospital is expected to have 250 beds.

He reiterated that tests are only available to people experiencing symptoms. 

Murphy asked residents to be patient, stay home, wash hands, and practice social distancing.