New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is apparently a big believer in the whole “rules for thee, but not for me” philosophy because he was photographed attending an event put on by an LGBT group last week without his mask on, despite the fact that he had issued strong recommendations that all other attendees coming to the event mask up.
Oh, and he’s also ordered a mask mandate for school-aged children as well.
Murphy attended the annual Equality Ball for Garden State Equality along with other top New Jersey Democrats, and pictures posted on Twitter by the state’s attorney general showed large groups of guests together without masks . The event required proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
Tonight, I was honored to join @GovMurphy along with LGBTQ+ advocates, community members, and public officials from across New Jersey for @GSEquality's annual Equality Ball.
Proud to be part of a community committed to equal justice for every resident of this state. pic.twitter.com/mrLbcjCv8M
— Acting AG Andrew Bruck (@NewJerseyOAG) October 8, 2021
— Rep. Frank Pallone (@FrankPallone) October 8, 2021
The state’s Republican lawmakers blasted the governor’s apparent flouting of his administration’s safety measures.
“At the very same time that this Governor issued another EO mandating two-year-olds wear masks for upwards of 7 hours a day because of purported ‘safety,’ the New Jersey political democratic elite gathered maskless by the thousands at multiple indoor events throughout the State, including in ‘high-risk’ Asbury Park, Bergen and Hudson Counties,” state Sen. Holly Schepisi went on to state during an interview with Fox News.
Her fellow Senate colleague, Michael Testa, also slammed Murphy for his blatant display of hypocrisy, saying, “We can imagine King Murphy saying to the laughter of his court, ‘Let them wear masks.'”
Murphy defended his mask policies toward the end of September, going on to say, “We know that masks work.”
“We have the playbook. We know exactly what works,” the governor said. “We know that vaccinations work. We now know that under the circumstances, if you’re eligible, boosters work. We know that face masks in schools work. We know that face masks on planes, trains, buses, hospitals, long-term care, other vulnerable settings work.”
Just last month, Murphy issued a requirement for masks to be worn by students in school and then “strongly recommended” folks wear masks inside, regardless of their vaccination status.
Murphy is up for reelection this November, which is something that should cause him to lose a little sleep now, due to the fact the residents of his state are super concerned about how he handled the coronavirus pandemic. His hypocrisy is definitely not going to be well received.