Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had a number of phrases to say this week about his Democrat successor, Phil Murphy, jetting off to Italy for a trip along with his household.
“The truth that we’re sitting right here in Morris County, New Jersey, and he’s sitting in Italy ought to inform you slightly bit how significantly the governor takes his job,” Christie instructed an viewers on the Rockaway River Nation Membership in Denville, Insider NJ reported.
“The truth that … he’s sitting in Italy ought to inform you slightly bit how significantly the governor takes his job.”
Christie suggested Jack Ciattarelli – Murphy’s Republican opponent on this yr’s upcoming gubernatorial election – to reap the benefits of Murphy’s absence as an opportunity to persuade voters that Murphy needs to be denied a second time period, the report stated.
“He’s acquired loads of materials to work with, in my view,” Christie stated, urging Ciattarelli to hammer away at Murphy over his coronavirus insurance policies and different points.
Ciattarelli has been operating a TV spot that features a video clip of Murphy suggesting that voters ought to transfer away if their prime concern is the state’s excessive taxes.
“Should you’re a one-issue voter, and the tax price is your problem, we’re in all probability not your state,” Murphy says within the clip.
“Not your state? Who says that?” Ciattarelli responds. “Phil Murphy simply doesn’t get it.”
Christie, 58, a Republican who held the state’s prime job from 2010 to 2018, claimed that Murphy’s willingness to go away the nation for a private vacation was sending the flawed message to voters.
“He’s sending a message within the midst of every thing else occurring on this state – a really attention-grabbing message for him to ship,” Christie stated, according to Insider NJ.
Murphy instructed reporters final week that he could be away along with his household for about 10 days, spending time on property they personal in Italy that features a 23-room mansion. The Massachusetts-born governor, who served as U.S. ambassador to Germany beneath former President Barack Obama, made a fortune years in the past whereas working for monetary agency Goldman Sachs.
The Democrat was criticized for earlier Italy journeys, together with one taken in 2018, after he had been in workplace solely about six months.
The Murphys seem to take their summer season holidays near their birthdays. First woman Tammy Murphy turned 56 on Aug. 5, whereas Phil Murphy turned 64 on Monday.