New Jersey’s Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy had a few choice words for Republican Congressman from Florida, Matt Gaetz and a group of young New York Republicans who attended an event that violates his state’s COVID precautions on Thursday night in Jersey City.
Congressman Gaetz was the guest of honor at the event where there was no mask and attendees didn’t practice social distance based on social media photos of the event.
“That guy in the middle, the tall, handsome fella in the gray suit, that is Representative Matt Putz – oh sorry, Matt Gaetz, and based upon his past performances, it is obvious being a knucklehead is not beyond the pale for him. He was actually Sarah Palin’s backup act for this event,” Murphy said at a news conference on Friday according to NBC New York. “I hope you’re watching Matt — you are not welcome in New Jersey, and frankly I don’t ever want you back in this state.”
And just to ensure that the message gets to Matt Gaetz, Gov. Murphy tweeted it and added a photo of Gaetz wearing a gas mask on the House floor during a vote on a coronavirus response package in March.
“Last night, the @NYYRC allegedly snuck into Jersey City to hold a ‘gala fundraiser’ – ignoring our social distancing and mask rules,” Murphy Tweeted on Friday. “It is beyond the pale that anyone would willingly endanger people in another state. Jersey City law enforcement is investigating this matter.”
He added, “It is also beyond the pale that Rep Matt Putz – I mean @RepMattGaetz – would participate in this. What a fool. Matt – You are not welcome in New Jersey, and frankly I don’t ever want you back in this state.”
Watch the press conference (Part about Gaetz begins at 3:05 minute mark)