COVID-19 Comes to the Campaign Trail in New Jersey

As New Jersey’s COVID-19 case count upticks and the state’s largest city shuts down, the virus reached onto the campaign trail today in battleground Burlington County.

With six days until Election Day, Republican headquarters in Mount Holly – politics central in the CD3 race between U.S. Rep. Andy Kim and GOP challenger David Richter – just got shut down.

The reason?

Evidently a COVID-19 positive case.

Republican headquarters this evening received a spray treatment and decontamination to combat the scourge, a source told InsiderNJ, as cases spike statewide.

InsiderNJ first reported the development on the iLine here.

The incident occurred a week after Governor Phil Murphy’s inner circle took a hit, and appeared unguarded and unserious, with spokesman Dan Bryan and Intergovernmental Affairs chief Mike DeLamater reportedly positive cases.

This past Monday, New Jersey’s daily number of COVID-19 cases officially doubled since last month, reaching about 1,000 each day, Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said.

From ABC News:

The spike in cases stems from “community spread,” and not a single decision to reopen part of the state’s economy, she said. Though there were recent spikes in Ocean County and in higher education institutions, she added, the increase is “widespread” across the state.

A review of cases that excluded schools and congregant living health care facilities, showed the biggest share of outbreaks stem from gatherings and parties, as well as day care and on farms, she said.

Burlington County GOP Chairman Sean Earlen did not immediately return a call for comment.

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