(CNSNews.com) - New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said on Monday his state has not yet banned travel from the United Kingdom, where a new and potentially more infectious variant of the coronavirus has been reported.
"We haven't put it in place yet," Murphy said of a UK travel ban.
"I do share the concern, but I have got a broader message and that is, don't travel, period. You know, we were updating a list of American states each week. We got up to 46 of the 50 states that were beyond any acceptable limits, and we finally said a few weeks ago, listen, don't travel anywhere. That would include right now the UK."
Murphy said he shares the concern of his fellow Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, who is calling for a temporary suspension of travel from the United Kingdom.
"I think the closer we are to home for the holidays, the smaller the celebration is in immediate family or the bubble in which you're living, the faster we'll come out of this."
Murphy, interviewed on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," said there's no question that the end-of-year holidays are producing a surge in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths, in his state and elsewhere:
"Listen, it's hard to stop somebody in the United States of America from crossing from one state to another, but we clearly have a bunch of factors coming together right now which add up to a lot of concern. Cold weather, holidays, fatigue, private setting transmission, lack of a national strategy. Those five factors have led to -- in addition to the expected second wave -- have led to a surge. There's no question about it.
"And I think it gets worse before it gets better. And the holidays, to your very good question, are a big contributing factor. We want folks to stay home and stay small. That's my message."
Murphy said in the next few months his objective is to vaccinate 70 percent of New Jersey's adult population, or 4.5 million people.