Sometimes, it’s just a matter of public perception that raises the ire of constituents.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy was heckled while having an outdoor dinner with five family members in a video posted on social media Sunday. It came just as he urged New Jerseyans to keep indoor gatherings to fewer than 10 people for the holidays and instituted a 10 p.m. curfew for restaurants and bars.
“Oh my God, Murphy, you are such a (expletive),” an off-camera woman said in a Joisey accent to no response while she and another woman, heard also swearing, stood by the table. “You’re having fun with your family? In the meantime, you’ve having all kind of other (expletive) going on.”
On the video, Murphy’s son said, “A little too drunk? Can you put your mask on please?”
The Murphys were not wearing masks as they ate outside, but Gov. Murphy did put his mask on during the short video.
“You can go (expletive) yourself, how’s that?” the woman said. “I don’t need a (expletive) mask. You know why I don’t need a mask? Because there ain’t nothing (expletive) wrong with me.”
That might be debatable, but the son then noted the woman’s Trump phone case and said Trump likes his father, a Democrat.
“No, he doesn’t like your father,” a woman said. “Get the (expletive) out of here …. You know what? You suck.”
No matter the numbers or the location, Murphy was not going to fare well having a public dinner after updating New Jersey’s staggering COVID-19 numbers. In the four days prior to his news conference, the coronavirus case total accounted for 5% of the entire pandemic’s total.
“Sobering,” Murphy called it, unlike that bottle of wine on his dinner table.