NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - OCTOBER 28: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy speaks during a Get Out The Vote rally with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on October 28, 2021 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Polls have Murphy leading Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli heading into Election Day on Tuesday. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

Governor Phil Murphy reinstated a Public Health Emergency for the State of New Jersey today (January 11). This is to ensure the state is able to respond to the continued threat of the Omicron variant and COVID-19 across all 21 counties.

State agencies and departments in New Jersey are to utilize state resources to assist the State’s healthcare system and affected communities responding to and recovering from COVID-19 cases effective immediately.

“COVID-19 remains a significant threat to our State and we must commit every resource available to beating back the wave caused by the Omicron variant,” said Governor Murphy in a press release. “While we hope to return to a state of normalcy as soon as possible, the step I am taking today is a commonsense measure that will protect the safety and well-being of all New Jersey residents while allowing state government to respond to the continuing threat that COVID-19 poses to our daily lives.”

Governor Murphy’s public health emergency empowers all State agencies to take all appropriate steps to continue to address the public health hazard.

Click here to view a transcript of Governor Murphy’s video message.