Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy condemned Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., during a Friday news conference and then again on twitter after the GOP congressman attended a crowded party in the Garden State for the Young Republicans, breaking the state’s COVID-19 rules as cases spike across the country.
“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,” Murphy said during a Friday news conference, reported by NBC News 4. “He was actually Sarah Palin’s backup act for this event.”
“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,” he added.
He then reiterated his criticisms in a tweet and said, “Last night, the [New York City Young Republicans] allegedly snuck into Jersey City to hold a “gala fundraiser” – ignoring our social distancing and mask rules.”
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