ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – There’s a saying that goes something like this, “Nothing is ever truly deleted from the internet.”
Today, the Essex County Educators Association found that out. After Shore News broke a story on Monday about the Garden State Equity Ball that featured unmasked teachers and Governor Phil Murphy, the ECEA deleted its tweet and the photos.
Later, on Monday, the ECEA deleted the tweet and its photos from Twitter.
“Murphy’s Law in the state of New Jersey declares that all faculty, students, and staff must wear face masks while in school. It requires them to adhere to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and the New Jersey Department of Health. Murphy’s Law also declares that those same teachers can party the night away indoors, maskless and without social distancing if the event includes Governor Phil Murphy and is without children. Murphy recommends that if you are unsure of the vaccination status of those around you, facemasks should be worn,” our original report stated.
Murphy and the NJEA leadership of the Essex County Educators Association attended the Garden State Equality Ball at the Asbury Lanes, a popular music venue in Asbury Park.
In photos shared on various social media platforms, few, if any of the attendees at the indoor portion of the event were photographed wearing face masks.
“Our 2nd VP Chris Cannella along with our LGBTQ+ Committee Chair Micah Gary-Fryer enjoyed the Garden State Equality Ball last night along with NJEA leadership and staff,” the ECEA tweeted about their leadership’s attendance at the event.
We reached out to Governor Phil Murphy’s office and Garden State Equality and did not receive any immediate response.