TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy this week lashed out against President Donald J. Trump and Republicans, calling them “shameless, undemocratic and unpatriotic”. Murphy’s sharp criticism came ahead of the anticipated certification of the Electoral College votes for 2020 presidential election. Murphy said Republicans loyal to Trump were living “fever dreams” promoted by right-wing conspiracy theorists and pathetic minions.
“I have to address in the words I will use, shameful, dangerous, undemocratic and unpatriotic display of a number of Congressional Republicans who are openly and unabashedly working to undermine our constitutional norms, and there is no other word for it, and to overthrow a free and fair election decided by the American people, an American president sitting in the Oval Office, working the phones to subvert American democracy for his personal benefit. Let that sink in for a minute,” Murphy said. “Thankfully, there are enough Republicans in Congress to prevent the fever dreams of a small band of right-wing conspiracy theorists and their pathetic minions, like Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, Representative Louie Gohmert and Mo Brooks from succeeding. The voters have spoken. Our election officials have spoken. The courts have spoken and the Electoral College has spoken. And yet, that seemingly isn’t enough for those willing to overturn an election because they just can’t accept that their guy lost decisively.”
Murphy blasted New Jersey’s only Republican member of Congress, Jeff Van Drew.
“It pains me in particular to see one of our own representatives, Congressman Jeff Van Drew, cynically siding with conspiracy theorists and throwing his fate in with the far right’s disproven and crackpot theories. If that’s the legacy Jeff wants, then I guess it is what it is,” Murphy said as he lambasted the former Democrat. “The tiny number of senior New Jersey Republicans who have done the right thing by acknowledging the true outcome of the election is shocking. I know there are many more who privately share their misgivings about the rabbit hole their colleagues are preparing to drag our nation and the constitution down, and their silence is equal to acquiescence.”