NEW JERSEY — 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 during the encounter. Murphy was out eating with his wife, 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 affect 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.
"I'm a big boy... it doesn't impact me at all, and I could say the same thing for my wife," Murphy said during his Trenton press briefing on Monday when asked about the incident. “I would say this though. Our kids are not part of that. And so that's one observation. The second one is this… and I didn't even know who these people were, by the way, I've literally no idea who they were but…I started out with stress at the front end of my remarks that there's more stress in our state in our country than I think any of us have ever seen.”
Not Murphy nor Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, 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.
When asked to send a message to progressives, who may be tempted to confront Republican leaders similarly to the way he was confronted Murphy said, “I don't think this is the time we should be teeing off on people and that goes for both sides.”
Murphy specifically noted that he spoke with Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, as well as other Republicans following the Saturday encounter.
“I’ve been incredibly rewarded and humbled by the amount of Republicans who have reached out to me since last night,” Murphy said. “I got a lot of texts and 'Go get em' exchanges and that's Jersey on our best days. We're certainly not always going to agree on policy but when we're up against it, we come together unlike any other American state, and I think we wear that all as a badge of honor.”
The video of the encounter, which includes profanity, is linked here.