TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on Tuesday used his second term inauguration speech to launch an attack on the Republican party and conservatives in his state and in Washington, D.C. Murphy mentioned “The Big Lie”, voter suppression, President Donald J. Trump and nationalism during his speech.
After talking about how America needs to come together as patriots, Murphy, like President Joe Biden inserted a divisive message into his speech.
“While some in Washington cling to the big lie, we believe in a bigger truth,” Murphy said, referring to former President Donald J. Trump’s yet legally unproven claims of widespread election fraud and a ‘stolen election’ during his 2020 loss to Joe Biden.
Murphy then took a sharp swipe at nationalism and patriotism.
Instead, Murphy said America needs patriotism that puts country ahead of self, that is not short frenzied outbursts of emotion, but tranquil, steady dedication of a lifetime.
“Shouting about how much you love your country is no substitute for showing for how you love our country,” the Governor said.
The governor continued on about voting rights being at risk, despite the nation coming off one of the largest participated national elections since the 1970s in 2020, but in 2021 voter apathy and lack of inspiring candidates led to a lower than normal gubernatorial turnout in the state, but not driven at all by voter suppression and inadequate voting rights.