Republicans in New Jersey called on Gov. Phil Murphy to ramp up transparency after undercover video footage indicated the Democrat is planning to impose COVID-19 vaccine mandates if he wins another term.
“This extremely disturbing video appears to confirm what the Murphy campaign has been hinting at—and the NJGOP has been warning about—throughout the summer: that a second Murphy term will bring about the same type of vaccine passports seen in Bill de Blasio’s New York, burdening already suffering businesses and discriminating against minority communities in which immunization rates are lower,” Tom Szymanski, executive director of the New Jersey Republican Party, said in a statement.
People in New York City entering many businesses, including restaurants, are forced to produce proof they’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine under Mayor de Blasio’s executive orders.
A spokeswoman for the campaign of Jack Ciattarelli, the Republican challenging Murphy, said that the video “appears to show high-level Phil Murphy campaign advisors revealing that the governor is secretly planning to implement a statewide vaccine mandate if re-elected, but refusing to do so before the election because it would hurt him politically.”
“If true, this is the ultimate hypocrisy and an appalling lack of transparency,” she added.
The video in question shows Wendy Martinez, a senior advisor to Murphy, saying Murphy plans to do mandates but not until after winning re-election.
“The independents and the undecided would not vote for him if he did the mandates?” a Project Veritas journalist, who recorded the footage, asked. Martinez agreed, adding, “Because they’re into all the [expletive]. My rights, my [expletive].”
Matthew Urquijo, a manager for Forward NJ, a project of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, was also seen saying he thinks Murphy will impose mandates but is not right now “because it’s election season.”
The gubernatorial election in New Jersey is scheduled for Nov. 2.
The committee did not respond to the comments directly but issued a statement calling on Ciattarelli to condemn Project Veritas, alleging some of its employees had harassed Martinez and others associated with Murphy’s campaign.
Video footage released by the committee and Project Veritas showed James O’Keefe, the project’s head, confronting Martinez with the undercover footage of her talking about mandates and asking her for comment.
Murphy’s office said in a statement to news outlets that the video “does not depict any member of the administration, or anyone involved in public health policy.”
“The governor’s office cannot speak to the video or anyone involved. The administration has never had plans, nor is it making plans, for a blanket COVID-19 vaccine mandate,” it added.
Murphy, asked Wednesday about possibly forcing people across New Jersey to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to dine out or attend events, said he “would never say ‘heck no’ to anything.”
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