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RED BANK, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy got two women’s ears over the weekend as he dined with his family at a New Jersey restaurant, video of the meeting shows.
The brief video shows the women bumping into the governor as he eats at a table outside a restaurant in Red Bank on Saturday night.
The women engage in swearing rants and, at one point, get into an argument with Murphy’s son before the video ends.
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The governor addressed the video, which was posted to Twitter on Sunday evening, during a coronavirus briefing on Monday afternoon.
Murphy said nothing happened before the women approached the table and a third friend who was with them pushed them away after the video ended.
“I literally have no idea who they were,” the governor added.
Murphy said he and his wife had thick skin and that he was a “big boy” who could handle criticism, but added that his children should be excluded.
When asked what may have motivated women to heckle him, Murphy linked the incident to the stress people are feeling from the pandemic.
“I started with stress at the start of my remarks. There is more stress in our state and our country than I think any of us have ever seen, ”he said. “The stress levels are overwhelming and they are not unfounded. There are too many people out of work… too many economic difficulties.
Murphy also said no one was wearing masks at the table because everyone was actively eating when the women approached.
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