In sting videos, wizards say Murphy is planning a post-election vax mandate
TRENTON – Videos secretly filmed by a group of conservative activists show campaign aides scrambling to re-elect Gov. Phil Murphy saying the governor would impose broader vaccine mandates once the campaign ends.
The videos were posted by Project Veritas, which often targets Democrats and Progressives in undercover operations that are often criticized for their misleading editing.
The two political assistants on camera – Wendy Martinez, a consultant hired to work on Murphy’s campaign, and Matthew Urquijo, director of a coordinated campaign called Forward 2021 funded by the New Jersey Democratic State Committee – said Murphy was waiting to act to avoid angering swing voters. .
“He’s going to do it, but he couldn’t do it before the election. Because of the independents and the undecided, ”Martinez said in Spanish, adding later that“ at the moment it is about his victory ”.
“Not that he doesn’t [get elected], but I think there are people who, you know, might push back, ”says Urquijo.
Because it’s New Jersey, the assistants each used salty language in the videos as well.
“Because they’re all into all this bullshit. My rights, my shit – and they don’t care if they kill everyone, ”says Martinez, who is also on a subcommittee of the Murphy’s Reboot and Recovery Advisory Council.
“I think the problem is right now – because it’s election season – he’s not going to make people say, ‘We’re going to have a term now,'” said Urquijo. “Because, you know, for some people it’s going to piss them off. I think one time, you know, we have a win, he was like, ‘Okay, guns, like, whatever, I’m in it. Let’s do the warrants, let’s do that, X, Y and Z. ‘”
Project Veritas and its founder, James O’Keefe, have been banned from social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram after being accused of sharing private information in videos and exploiting fake accounts.
The New Jersey Democratic State Committee said Monday that two Latin American staff members were lured into a parking lot by O’Keefe and five of his colleagues. An officer had called staff members by phone, claiming that one of their cars had been hit in the garage, then chased them down and chased them.
Murphy’s campaign manager Mollie Binotto and Democratic State Committee executive director Saily Avelenda called on Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli to speak out against O’Keefe and his colleagues for bullying and harassment .
“It is absolutely outrageous that the safety of our team is compromised by luring women into a dark parking lot and ambushing them, causing severe distress and trauma at a time when people working on all campaigns should be allowed to go. do their job without fear for their safety, ”they said. “It’s criminal harassment, plain and simple. “
The group is problematic enough that the New Jersey Republican State Committee press release responding to the video never mentions who produced it. A subsequent response from Ciattarelli’s campaign on Twitter mentions the group.
“This extremely disturbing video appears to confirm what the Murphy campaign has been alluding to – and the NJGOP has warned – throughout the summer: that a second term for Murphy will result in the same type of vaccine passports as that of Bill de Blasio in New York. , already weighing on businesses that suffer and discriminating against minority communities where vaccination rates are lower, ”said NJGOP Executive Director Tom Szymanski.
“Since the start of the pandemic, Phil Murphy has followed political science, as opposed to real science,” Szymanski said. “Deliberately withholding this life-changing information until after the election is as misleading as it gets. “
Project Veritas announces that it will release another video related to Murphy’s re-election campaign later this week.
Michael Symons is the State House bureau chief for New Jersey 101.5. Contact him at [email protected].
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