New Jersey Governor Admits He ‘Wasn’t Thinking of the Bill of Rights’ When Issuing Lockdown Orders
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) stepped into the hot seat on Wednesday by appearing on Tucker Carlson’s eponymous Fox News program.
Carlson grilled Murphy for his heavy-handed executive orders that have shut down public life throughout his state. Murphy’s responses were very telling and showed what he thinks of the Constitution and his oath of office.
“By what authority did you nullify the Bill of Rights in issuing this order?” Carlson asked Murphy.
“I wasn’t thinking of the Bill of Rights when we did this,” he responded.
“Well I can tell,” Carlson retorted.
The entire contentious exchange can be seen here:
Tucker Carlson Questioning NJ Governor On His Orders Closing Down Religious Gatherings: "By what authority did you nullify the Bill of Rights in issuing this order?"
NJ Gov. Phil Murphy: "I wasn't thinking of the Bill of Rights when we did this."
Tucker: "Well I can tell." pic.twitter.com/WKDTYh5Dmt
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Murphy has implied in recent days that this new Soviet-style of governance introduced due to the coronavirus will be the “new normal” moving forward.
“The notion that we’re going to go back to some sort of, let’s just turn the clock back to three months ago, I just don’t see it,” Murphy said during his daily briefing in Trenton on Wednesday. “People talk about a new normal and I think that’s a reality.”
“I don’t know that any time soon we’re going to go back into the — what I love, by the way — big handshake, kiss on the cheek, hug, high fives,” Murphy added. “I just don’t see … a normal gathering in the foreseeable future.”
The governor’s bleak assessment of the future is being echoed by his underlings.
“We use the term resiliency a lot,” said Col. Patrick Callahan, the State Police superintendent. “Some people think that that’s bouncing back, but in this instance, we’re not sure people can ever bounce back so we use the term bouncing forward because none of us … will ever really be the same.”
Murphy has issued 24 executive orders in recent weeks during the coronavirus pandemic. He has implemented a variety of authoritarian measures under the guise of keeping the public safe amidst the crisis.
Murphy implemented “aggressive” social distancing policies on March 16 that shut down most of the economy. He followed that up by delaying certain elections, forcing people to stay in their homes at all times, usurping power from local authorities, allowing for the state to confiscate medical supplies and freeing dangerous criminals from jails. He has made it clear to the people of New Jersey that they must comply with his orders no matter how insane or Draconian they seem.
“Remembering to bring your face covering to the supermarket, or now to pickup your takeout order, may be a hassle,” Murphy said. “But you know what would be really inconvenient? If you ended up in the hospital with COVID-19, or you inadvertently infected a family member.”
To show how serious they are about enforcement, New Jersey authorities even busted up a funeral for a Rabbi earlier this month. Murphy’s thugs treated the bereaved Jewish congregants like common criminals for mourning the death of their religious leader.
Due to the leadership style of power-grabbing Democrat leaders like Murphy, the cure may be worse than the disease by the time the pandemic is through.