New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is jetting off to his 23-room multimillion-dollar villa in Italy once again for a 10-day vacation as COVID cases in his state skyrocket due to the delta variant.
“Listen, I’m no different than any other family,” Murphy asserted during a coronavirus briefing on Monday. “After this past 17 months, just having a few days together is something that I think all of us want to do with our family, and I’m looking forward to that.”
The governor’s mansion is in Umbria, Italy. He left on Tuesday and will return to New Jersey next Thursday, according to NorthJersey.com. He also has a residence at the Island Beach State Park which has a private, pristine beach close to Trenton.
“While ‘Rome is burning’ here in New Jersey, Murphy is living in the lap of luxury and too rich to care about the communities and families impacted by the small businesses who had to close their doors forever,” Republican opponent Jack Ciattarelli tweeted on Thursday.
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Murphy has previously been criticized for another trip to Italy in 2018. The Democratic governor is seeking reelection this year and Ciattarelli is blasting him for shirking his duty during a crisis that he contends Murphy helped to create.
The wealthy former U.S. Ambassador to Germany lives along the banks of the Navesink and his neighbor was reportedly rock star Jon Bon Jovi.
He is being castigated for brazenly taking a vacation and abandoning his post while coronavirus cases spike in New Jersey as the delta variant spreads there. The governor is jetting off to the Italian countryside following his reimplementation of a mask mandate in schools for kids and staff.
Ciattarelli slammed Murphy in June for his lack of credibility. Murphy is a native of Massachusetts who made a career for himself at Goldman Sachs in New York City.
“New Jersey is where I vacation, on LBI [Long Beach Island, New Jersey], while Phil Murphy jets off to his villa in Italy,” Ciattarelli said when he won the Republican primary in the state. “This is where I root for the Yankees, while Phil Murphy is cheering for the Red Sox.”
It is a remarkable display of confidence in his re-election that Gov Murphy will vacation in Italy for 10 of the last 80 days of the campaign, all while covid is on the rise and schools are figuring out how to open. https://t.co/NMTjSTWrBK
— Mike DuHaime (@MikeDuHaime) August 10, 2021
“I will never be more than a call or a text away,” Murphy vowed during the briefing.
Last week, Murphy told the press that his family was departing ahead of him. He commented that he was “staying back” to work on some state business for a few days but hoped to join them soon.
Murphy and his wife bought the villa in 2004 for $7 million. He claims this is his first vacation since the beginning of the pandemic. In his absence, Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver will serve as acting governor and will reimpose an indoor mask mandate for restaurants and other businesses.
Although Murphy enjoys wide support in the overwhelmingly Democratically-held state, he has strong opposition as well.
Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Joe Piscopo bluntly stated that Murphy is running a “socialist state” on “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” Friday. He pointed out that the state has the highest property tax rate in the nation.
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“Phil Murphy, his numbers are good, he’s really a nice guy, but it’s like a socialist state now that taxes are so high. I’m paying taxes on the Garden State Parkway, you know, and that’s another thing. You’d think that Governor Murphy would have named the rest stop after me. Nothing, I got nothing!” Piscopo joked.
“But you got to come out of the box. You’ve got to shake it up a little bit. Businesses were shut down … this whole virus. Look, I don’t know that anybody could have handled it better, but it was so mismanaged in New Jersey. Businesses are shut down,” he added.
“Our gyms, the Retro Fitnesses that we have in Flemington and out in Pennsylvania, Gov. Wolf killed us there. Governor Murphy killed us here. It cost us thousands of dollars to keep the gym at bay to follow all the rules of the commandant,” the comedian asserted. “You know, they got to leave us alone. And no one mentions property tax. We have the highest property tax in the nation in the great state of New Jersey.”
Murphy is not loved on social media:
How’s Italy? Today in NJ parents are still struggling with school districts to get an answer about what school will look like in a couple of weeks and people still can’t get through to unemployment.
— cookie (@cookiemom83506) August 13, 2021
He says behind the walls of his Tuscany estate #NoMoreMurphy
— Joe Olivo (@joeolivo1) August 13, 2021
Phil Murphy could have taken a week at the Jersey Shore to celebrate summer like the rest of us…
Instead he hopped on a plane to spend 10 days at his $7.3 million Italian estate.
— @ARV_NJ (@arv_nj) August 13, 2021
Andrew Cuomo, Tom Wolf (PA) and Phil Murphy (NJ) all murdered senior citizens with disastrous Covid nursing home policy.
— ACTforAmerica (@ACTforAmerica) August 11, 2021
Day 8: Phil Murphy’s policies have sent lifelong residents fleeing from New Jersey. As a result of this uptick in outward migration, we continue to lose job creators and valuable resources that our state desperately needs. New Jersey simply can’t afford four more years of Murphy. pic.twitter.com/6OeZqxsdI6
— Jack Ciattarelli (@Jack4NJ) August 9, 2021
phil murphy is a COMMUNIST.
— Phil Rizzo 🇺🇸 (@JerseyRizzo) August 8, 2021
— Adela Buzescu (@adela_buzescu) August 10, 2021
➡️ 308,791 small businesses closed for good because of @GovMurphy's oppressive restrictions
➡️8,064 seniors & vets killed because of Murphy's decision to ignore guidance & put COVID positive patients in nursing homes
➡️ 321,300 residents unemployed- far higher than the natl avg https://t.co/xi51W48ZLi
— New Jersey GOP (@NJGOP) August 12, 2021
It’s Friday August 13th, 2021 and Phil Murphy is the most incompetent Governor in NJ history.
Thanks. Have a good day. #firemurphy
— Andrew DeMaio (@andrew_demaio) August 13, 2021
So @GovMurphy is planning on vacationing in Italy while Simultaneously saying that our children are unsafe maskless in school from the pandemic. You can't have it both ways. Either we are in a pandemic or we aren't. His Hypocrisy is endless.
— Mathgoddess (@nikki_on_fire) August 7, 2021
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