Phil Murphy blasted for trip to Costa Rica amid COVID outbreak
New Jersey Democratic Governor Phil Murphy has come under fire for traveling to Costa Rica for an eight-day Christmas vacation as the state experiences an increase in COVID-19 cases.
Murphy and his wife, Tammy Snyder Murphy, departed for the Central American country on December 22. On that day, New Jersey recorded 9,711 cases, a single-day record since the pandemic began in March 2020.
Just seven days later, the state’s health ministry reported that the number of new confirmed cases had more than doubled, to 20,483.
The Murphys are expected to return from their trip on Thursday.
U.S. Representative Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ), a former Democrat who changed parties in December 2019, called the governor’s tropical trip a hypocrite.
“Governor Murphy defying orders, even his own, is nothing new,” Van Drew told Fox News Tuesday. “He left New Jersey state several times during the pandemic, but permanently imposes mask warrants, vaccine warrants and the virtual school is now back on the table.”
Murphy suffered similar heat in August when he flew to Italy for a 10-day vacation, which led his predecessor, Chris Christie, to say the getaway showed “how much the governor takes his work seriously “.
Van Drew also pointed out on Tuesday that Costa Rica was subject to a “reconsideration travel” advisory by the State Department due to the spread of the coronavirus and high crime in the country.
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“If Governor Murphy can travel out of the country when the State Department urges the American people to stay put, Americans should have the same discretion over their personal health choices as our leaders said,” Van Drew said. .
“It’s fitting for President Biden to shirk his responsibilities by going to a Delaware beach house after saying COVID-19 responses should be left to the states, then Governor Murphy flees to a Costa beach Rica, “he continued.
the Republican Party of New Jersey also shot Murphy on Monday after calling for a virtual meeting between Biden and members of the National Governors Association on his vacation.
“Phil Murphy is currently in Costa Rica,” the NJ GOP noted in a tweet.
The party continued to refer the governor on Wednesday, posting a tweet with a mockup of a postcard showing Murphy wearing sunglasses and a short-sleeved shirt in front of palm trees.
“Murphy’s vacation at Costa Ri-Cron,” the postcard said. “Where the drinks are cold, but COVID cases are hot at home. “
“Even though COVID explodes and New Jerseyans have to wait hours for a test (if they can get one), he was kind enough to find the time to drop us off this postcard!” the tweet mocked. “Thanks Phil, don’t work too hard! But then again, you never have.
Murphy, who was re-elected by a tighter-than-expected margin in November, defended his vacation plans last week.
“We will be spending time together as a family,” he said on December 20. “Please God, we need it.”
Although the spike in cases was attributed to the most contagious Omicron variant, the New Jersey Department of Health says nearly 97% of the variants it has sequenced in the past four weeks were the most contagious Delta variant. virulent.