Governor Murphy Says Trump Decision to Nominate New Supreme Court Justice a “Power Grab”


TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy, of New Jersey, today said President Donald J. Trump’s nomination of a Supreme Court justice would be nothing more than a power grab to undo years of civil justice in America.   Murphy even dusted off his bible which has been looked at in disdain by his party in recent decades to call for a hail Mary to get the job done.  Murphy lambasted the Republican party over their decision to move forward with nominated a replacement for now-deceased Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

“May the posturing that has already commenced be a cautionary tale of how our national politics has careened off the rails over the past four years,” Murphy said. “The ranked hypocrisy of those like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel is showing they want to ram a nominee for six weeks before a presidential election when just four years ago they refused to offer even a hearing to a nominee whose name was put forward eight months before an election.”

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“How many senate Republicans will have the guts to stand up and demand that the process be put on hold until after the nation chooses its next President,” Murphy said. “That’s really a rhetorical question as so few have shown any guts over the past four years.”


Suddenly, Murphy a leader of the party which has removed God from government, schools, and most aspects of daily life channeled the supreme being’s name.

“Please God, can four of these people channel the likes of John McCain and others who went before them.” Murphy prayed.

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“It’s a blatant power grab by those whose mission is to undo decades of civil rights progress, protect polluters over the environment, gut healthcare for millions of Americans and deny a woman the right to make her own medical and reproductive decisions,” Murphy said.

Murphy added that the President should instead worry about getting America ahead of COVID-19 and present a comprehensive national recovery and response.

“One of the most consequential responsibilities our Constitution grants a President is appointing a Supreme Court Justice. The men and women who sit on the Supreme Court safeguard our rights,” said former President Barack Obama in a 2016 speech shortly before the end of his first term in office.  “They ensure that ours is a system of laws, not of men. And they’re given the essential task of applying the principles written into our founding documents to the most challenging questions of today. So this is a duty I take very seriously. It requires me to set aside short-term politics in order to maintain faith with our founders.”

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