TRENTON, NJ — A video has heavily circulated showing Gov. Phil Murphy being loudly confronted Saturday night at a Red Bank restaurant while he was outdoors dining with his wife and the rest of his family.
At least two women reportedly approached the governor’s table on November, where Murphy was out eating with his wife, Tammy, and his three sons and daughter.
One woman in the video, which has garnered 1.6 million views, could be heard saying “Oh my God, Murphy, you are such a d***,” before another chimed in, “You’re having fun with your family, in the meantime you’re having all kind of bulls***t going on?”
Last week, Murphy announced new indoor and outdoor limits that would take effect amid the second wave of the coronavirus.
“You can go f**k yourself,” one of the women in the video says after someone asks if she’s drunk and if she can put a face mask on. “I don’t need a f*****g mask. You know why I don’t need a mask? Because there ain’t nothing f*****g wrong with me.”
One of Murphy’s sons then pointed at the phone case of the women recording. “I like your Trump phone case,” he says. “Guess who Trump likes? He likes my dad.”
“No, he doesn’t like your dad,” a woman replies.
The governor, a Democrat, has been vocal over decisions made by President Trump and his administration during the pandemic. However, during the year the governor and president appeared to have good rapport with Trump calling Murphy “a terrific guy” at one point.
First lady Tammy Murphy could be seen pulling out her phone and appears to be recording as the video concludes. At this point, Gov. Murphy is donning a face mask.
When asked about the incident during his press briefing on Monday, November 23, Murphy said, "I'm a big boy ... it doesn't impact me at all, and I could say the same thing for my wife. I would say this though, our kids are not part of that."
Not Murphy nor New Jersey State Police Superintendent Col.Patrick J. Callahan would say whether the governor’s security team responded on the scene. Toward the end of the video, it appeared the women were being directed to leave.
The video of the encounter, which includes profanity, is linked here.
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