The title says it all.
In November of 2017, the state of New Jersey elected Phil Murphy as governor.
Over the last eleven months, his administration has been a complete disaster.
Now I can’t blame him for everything. The Senate and Assembly bear much of the blame for what has been happening in this state. The latest budget has a variety of tax increases including the sales tax, Airbnb, Uber, and internet transactions. He has also increased the gas tax by eight cents. He has also set up a $2.1 million defense fund for illegal immigrants who are facing deportation. There are also a number of budget items that will be funded by revenue generated from the sale of marijuana. Unfortunately, marijuana isn’t legal in New Jersey.
I mentioned that I can’t blame him entirely because the Senate and Assembly need to pass all of these budget items, which they did wholeheartedly.
The one person who vocally disagreed with this is Senate president Steve Sweeney. But, like all good New Jersey politicians, he tucked his tail between his legs and gave in.
So much for standing up for the people of the state he is supposed to represent.
November 15, 2018 marked his latest mismanaged event.
The weather forecast for that day was predicted to be bad. Bad, as in snow and more snow with some ice thrown in. In other words, the road conditions were going to be bad. But, I have to give the governor props because he and his team were prepared for this.
Just kidding. He acted as if nothing was happening. He spent his time in Atlantic City giving a speech and having dinner with his wife.
Meanwhile, the snow and the ice were falling and cars were sliding all over the road or not going anywhere at all. They estimated that there were a little over one thousand accidents during that storm.
When the plows and salt trucks were finally dispatched, they were stuck behind all of the other cars that weren’t going anywhere. Some people took anywhere from two to twelve hours to get home. There were some school children who didn’t get home. They had to sleep on the floor at their school.
When the governor finally had a press conference to address the issue, he blamed (get ready for this): climate change and the meteorologists.
I can’t fault the meteorologists. I listen to New Jersey 101.5 and, other than snow totals. chief meteorologist Dan Zarrow nailed the storm. And he was warning us for close to seventy-two hours prior to the storm hitting us.
The bottom line for me? This guy could care less about New Jersey. He’s left the running of the state to inexperienced children while he goes about trying to run for president. He’s done nothing to help alleviate the affordability problems with this state. In fact, he’s been doing the exact opposite.
Recently, I’ve seen calls to have Governor Murphy recalled. I hope it gains traction because he needs to go. Or I will.