After masking children, Murphy plans to retreat to $7.3 million dollar villa in Italy as state grapples with third wave of COVID-19

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has had a rough week and he’s retreating to his multi-million dollar villa in Italy with his family for the week while the rest of the state grapples with a third wave of a growing COVID-19 pandemic caused by the delta variant.

On Friday, Murphy announced students in K-12 schools will be forced to mask up in September because of growing concerns about the spread of the delta variant. Then he said, “I’m outta here.”

“My wife and kids are actually going on vacation today,” Murphy said. “God knows our family, probably like every family, could use some time together.”

Murphy said his family is leaving for Italy and he hopes to soon join them. Murphy owns the Italian villa and also a home in Berlin, Germany.

Murphy’s Italian villa was bought in 2004 from his fortune made at Goldman Sachs. The $7.3 million estate has three houses, a horse stable, tennis court, pool and 23 rooms.

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