On Friday, Democrat New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy lashed out at Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz for attending a fundraiser — in good ol’ NJ.
The reason: People weren’t masked up, and they weren’t social distancing.
Phil tweeted his condemnation:
“Last night, the [New York Young Republican Club] allegedly snuck into Jersey City to hold a ‘gala fundraiser’ – ignoring our social distancing and mask rules.”
To hear Phil tell it, it was absolutely beyond acceptable:
“It is beyond the pale that anyone would willingly endanger people in another state.”
And it sounds like Phil means business:
“Jersey City law enforcement is investigating this matter.”
Murphy maimed the congressman with a yiddish slur and an Old Testament time-tester:
“It is also beyond the pale that Rep Matt Putz – I mean @RepMattGaetz – would participate in this. What a fool.”
Plus a Buford T. Justice jab:
“Matt – You are not welcome in New Jersey, and frankly I don’t ever want you back in this state.”
It is also beyond the pale that Rep Matt Putz – I mean @RepMattGaetz – would participate in this. What a fool.
Matt – You are not welcome in New Jersey, and frankly I don’t ever want you back in this state. pic.twitter.com/j67x9Z2lAf
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) December 4, 2020
Man — the guy just couldn’t help himself. At a press conference, he offered this:
“That guy in the middle, the tall, handsome fella in the gray suit, that is Representative Matt Putz — oh sorry, Matt Gaetz — and based on his past performances, it is obvious being a knucklehead is not beyond the pale for him. He was actually Sarah Palin’s backup act for this event.”
VIRAL MOMENT: NJ Gov. Phil Murphy calls Rep. Matt Gaetz "Matt Putz":
"Based on his past performances, it is obvious being a knucklehead is not beyond the pale for him. He was actually Sarah Palin's back-up act for this event." pic.twitter.com/0Qjr110wmt
— The Hill (@thehill) December 5, 2020
In response, Gaetz gave as good as he got:
“Thank you for calling me handsome, Governor! I’m only considered handsome in New Jersey, though. In Florida I’m barely a roundup 6.”
Thank you for calling me handsome, Governor!
I’m only considered handsome in New Jersey, though.
In Florida I’m barely a roundup 6. https://t.co/BtyHDflaSM
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) December 4, 2020
Gov. Murphy’s serious about a shutdown — The Daily Wire notes, “Murphy’s lockdown orders on New Jersey residents are some of the strictest in the nation, having limited even Thanksgiving gatherings to 10 people per household.”
He’s also, apparently, serious about going out to eat.
See for yourself (but beware the vulgar language):
New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy is confronted for eating at a restaurant and not wearing a mask while having dinner with his family:pic.twitter.com/kUZ3Qhml0D
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) November 23, 2020
About that video, RedState’s streiff wrote thusly:
At least as noxious and fascistic as Andrew Cuomo is New Jersey’s Philip Murphy who, early on, had the state police, or “Staats Polizei” as they were called in another government with the same habits, break up a Jewish funeral. Since then, he has inveighed on the subject of wearing face masks and the evils and dangers of restaurant dining. A few nights ago, some New Jersey citizens, not the Democrat serfs who dominate that sad, benighted, mullet-wearing state, stumbled upon Murphy chowing down in a restaurant, ignoring social distancing, and not wearing a face mask. The results are hilarious…
Streiff also observed, “The one notable thing about this pandemic (so-called) that has kept the nation bunkered in a way that is unique to our history is the fact that it is blatantly obvious that the people who are killing off nursing home residents and destroying lives and businesses don’t actually believe a single word that they are saying.”
If there’s one thing the last few years have done — it seems to me — it’s highlight the phoniness of politics in an unprecedented way.
More cases in point:
Well said @brikeilarcnn. As a lifelong #Democrat I find this entitled hypocrisy intolerable. It is a slap in the face to those of us trying our best to protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors. These behaviors will be remembered. #COVID19 #Hypocrites @CNN https://t.co/UQbPs64Lgx
— Alan Henderson (@alanhndrsn) December 3, 2020
Does French Laundry cater Thanksgiving dinner? Can I get a side of hypocrisy? pic.twitter.com/9ppE3XMo2y
— ☃️ Palmist Elect 🎅🏼 (@RealTanMan1980) November 25, 2020
Today, Governor John Bel Edwards (D-LA) confirmed the authenticity of a photograph taken of him socializing maskless and in close contact with others at the Baton Rouge Country Club in mid-November just before enacting stricter COVID-19 lockdowns for the state. pic.twitter.com/HFo1Z4wl6j
— Ellen Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) December 2, 2020
EXCLUSIVE: Austin Mayor Steve Adler told the public to "stay home if you can…this is not the time to relax" in a Nov. 9 Facebook video. He did not disclose that he was at a timeshare in Cabo San Lucas after flying on a private jet with eight family members and guests. pic.twitter.com/w1uZahGfpM
— Tony Plohetski (@tplohetski) December 2, 2020
More is surely to come.
And I say that because, where efforts toward a greater government grip are concerned, there’s absolutely more to come.
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