New Jersey probing Trump Bedminster event for skirting COVID-19 rules

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Officials in New Jersey are investigating whether President Trump’s Thursday night campaign event at his Bedminster golf course violated state rules, the state’s governor announced.

In a series of tweets posted Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy first excoriated the commander-in-chief and the Trump campaign for hosting the event after senior adviser Hope Hicks tested positive before revealing the probe.

“The President & his staff acted recklessly in coming to New Jersey knowing that they had been exposed to someone with a confirmed positive test. We hope that no confirmed cases come out of the event in Bedminster,” Murphy’s first tweet began.

After explaining what the state was doing to account for all event attendees, he said that the state was looking into allegations that the event may have violated his executive orders to prevent the spread of the novel virus.

“We continue to investigate reports that suggest the Bedminster event may not have complied with our current rules, which may have put others at risk,” the Democratic governor wrote, adding that, “Any failures to comply” would result in a referral to the state’s attorney general.

Murphy went on to wish the president and First Lady Melania Trump, as well as his predecessor, former Gov. Chris Christie, a speedy recovery.