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ASBURY PARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 03: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy delivers a victory speech to supporters at Grand Arcade at the Pavilion on November 3, 2021 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Murphy's narrow victory over Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli makes him the first Democratic New Jersey governor in more than four decades to win reelection. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

Governor Phil Murphy ended the mask mandate for New Jersey Transit early Tuesday morning, a day after a federal judge in Florida voided the National Mask Mandate for airplanes and public transportation.

Individuals who wish to continue wearing masks on NJ Transit in the state may do so for personal preference. The PATH transit system will continue requiring masks.

The decision by Florida federal U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball — a Trump appointee — comes as the Centers for Disease Control extended the mask mandate through May 3 as cases of the omicron subvariant BA.2 continues to spread.

The decision by Governor Murphy comes just a day after he urged residents in the Garden State to be “cautious” in the face of the latest strain of COVID-19. Murphy told reporters on Monday that he expected the wave is expected to “mimic what Europe experienced four-to-six weeks ago.”

Murphy was diagnosed with COVID earlier this year after being full vaccinated. He received a second booster just a few weeks ago. He reported minor symptoms.

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