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Governor declares COVID-19 Heroes Day

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The governor on Tuesday made March 9 "COVID-19 Heroes Day” in New Jersey.
“From nurses and doctors to grocery store workers and law enforcement, countless essential workers have been working day and night to serve New Jerseyans during these trying times,” Gov. Phil Murphy said. “It is my honor to sign this bill recognizing the heroic efforts of those who have been serving on the front lines. These heroes have brought us to this moment where we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
The move comes exactly one year after Murphy declared a state of emergency because of the coronavirus.

Several leaders weighed in on the bill.


"Essential workers are undeniably the heroes of this pandemic. Childcare providers, food service and grocery store employees, transportation and postal workers, warehouse employees, first responders, healthcare professionals and all other frontline workers have all kept New Jersey running through an unprecedented crisis. Without them, where would we be? Every day, they have risked their health and safety in order to ensure the well-being of families and communities throughout our state. Designating a COVID-19 Heroes Day is a way for us to thank our essential workers and make New Jersey never forgets their hard work, dedication and heroism."

— Assemblywomen Valerie Vainieri Huttle, D-37, and Annette Chaparro, D-33

"Our lifeline food industry workforce heeded the call, serving our state in a time of crisis to keep New Jersey residents fed and supplied during the tremendous uncertainty of this global pandemic. The NJFC is in full support of Governor Murphy’s action to create 'Covid-19 Heroes Day,' serving as a constant reminder of the service of these professionals at a time when their dedication and spirit was needed most."

— Linda Doherty, president and CEO, NJ Food Council


"Where would New Jersey be without our COVID heroes. Our superheroes protect the health and well-being of Garden State residents when they need it most. Thank you to Gov. Murphy and the Legislature for ensuring that their selfless acts will be remembered for years to come."

— Cathleen Bennett, president and CEO, NJ Hospital Assoc.

Lynda Cohen

Lynda Cohen founded BreakingAC after working as a local newspaper reporter for more than two decades. She is an NJPA award-winner and was a Stories of Atlantic City fellow.

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