New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said Monday that 184 of the 206 people who attended the eventon October 1 at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster were contacted. Of the 206 attendees, Murphy said that early numbers indicate that about half were from New Jersey – and some attendees made it as far as Texas and Arizona.
At a news conference in Trenton, Murphy called attendees’ responses a “mixed bag,” with some asking to know how the state got its name. “The Republican National Committee, that’s how we got your name,” he said.
Murphy slammed the federal response, saying that New Jersey “takes the lead, even for non-New Jersey people”
“We didn’t need this trip, and number 2, we need more,” from the federal government, Murphy said.
Some White House officials have been informed that top Trump adviser Hope Hicks tested positive on the Thursday before the Bedminster trip and Hicks was prevented from traveling. Murphy called the fundraiser “ruthless”.
“We already have challenges, we don’t need people knowing they’ve been exposed to a COVID positive person and are in the midst of a few hundred people in New Jersey,” Murphy said.
The state health department is in the process of contacting 19 employees who attended the event, all of whom live in New Jersey.
Murphy said the attorney general is investigating whether the gathering violates the state’s COVID-19 restrictions. He said early reports indicate that the event violates rules regulating the number of people allowed inside, as well as the rules on food service as buffets are not allowed.
Murphy wouldn’t say exactly what action will be taken if the event is found to be in violation of the restrictions.