New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy doesn’t telegraph his next critical moves, but, if you pay close attention, he does provide some hints along the way, regarding his decision-making process.

No doubt, New Jerseyans want to see the return of indoor dining and for gyms to reopen.

Governor Murphy has resisted for the past several months when COVID-19 cases spiked in New Jersey and around the country.

For the first time since shuttering these close-contact indoor activities, Governor Murphy appears to be getting there.

The Governor refuses to be cornered into setting a deadline, or, a specific timeframe. However, signs point that we’re getting close.

I’m hoping to interview Governor Murphy in the near future to discuss his stance on these important issues and discuss the Governor’s recent budget address.

These are my own observations. They should not be taken as definitive.

My rationale is based upon the current COVID-19 numbers and the profound need to reopen New Jersey as soon as possible.

Because as much as COVID-19 can hurt and kill, keeping these parts of our economy closed also creates incalculable pain and economic damage to many New Jerseyans.

Knowing Governor Murphy as I do, when he does decide to reopen these sections of our economy, it will come with perhaps a 25 percent capacity limit; along with straight talk about the need to practice safe, responsible, social distancing.

Here’s a real-life example to draw from. The University of Alabama reopened recently. Within 2 weeks, more than 500 students have tested positive for COVID-19.

When we reopen, should the numbers spike, Governor Murphy will re-shut things as fast as he reopened them.

It’s incumbent upon all of us to be mindful as to how our own personal conduct directly affects many other people.

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