PRINCETON-Governor Phil Murphy, still reeling from his no-show during last week’s snowstorm that gridlocked most of north and central Jersey for up to 10 hours dropped another ball this past weekend, celebrating the Marine Corps Birthday…nine days after it actually happened. The Marine Corps celebrated its 243rd birthday on 10, November 2018. One of the biggest regional celebrations of the Marine Corps birthday is held annually in Philadelphia at Cookie’s Tavern, a bar once owned by a Vietnam veteran whose celebration amongst friends became an annual event that draws up to 5,000 Marines annually.
A week after the last “ooh-rah” was shouted on the day of the Marine Corps’ actual birthday and days after his epic snow storm failure, Governor, Murphy hosted his own Marine Corps celebration at Drumthwacket, the home of New Jersey Governors past and present.
The gesture to celebrate an important historical day for the Marine Corps fell short for many Marines who felt the Governor should have honored the birthday on the
“For an elected official to fail to acknowledge the Corps’ special day insults me,” Marine Ray Tringali wrote. Many other Marines in New Jersey chimed in, feeling the belated birthday was an insult to the Marine Corps.
“You are a week late governor Marine Corps birthday was November 10th the day before Veterans Day nice try but I see you were almost as successful as that as you were with the last snowstorm,” said Robert Driscoll.
Many constituents felt the Governor’s week-late Marine Corps birthday bash was a publicity stunt to deflect negativity and criticism he faces for celebrated political wins in Atlantic City while the state was effectively shut down after mishandling the season’s first snowstorm.