Gov. Murphy: Refugees from Afghanistan being screened for health and security
Gov. Phil Murphy says that the refugees from Afghanistan who have arrived in New Jersey are being screened for health care and security issues.
Speaking Tuesday on News 12's “Ask Gov. Murphy,” the governor said that security and health are among the state’s highest priorities and will remain that way.
New Jersey’s Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst served as an arrival point for “many thousands” of Afghans who left their homeland as the United States withdrew its troops from the country.
Murphy has previously stated that about 500 refugees will stay in New Jersey long term.
“Getting them screened from a health care standpoint has been the highest priority,” Murphy said. "Obviously, security to make sure…we’re not getting any bad apples. But secondly, making sure that we had tested, vaccinated and gone through all the protocols for not just COVID, in this case, measles, any other potential outbreaks.”
The governor previously stated that more information about the relocation program will be coming in the near future.
The Biden administration last week began telling governors how many Afghan evacuees from among the first group of nearly 37,000 arrivals are slated to be resettled in their states.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.