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Steinhardt: Murphy Needs To Purge McKinsey

November 30, 2020
Steinhardt: Murphy Needs To Purge McKinsey
 

Breaking reports show that the taxpayer-funded consulting firm Governor Murphy hired to manage his public relations during COVID-19 has also been advising the disgraced pharmaceutical company, Purdue, to offer rebates for opioid overdoses.

Purdue pleaded guilty to three criminal charges, including impeding the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s efforts to combat the addiction crisis and paying illegal kickbacks to doctors.

These new reports show that McKinsey helped devise a plan to boost Purdue’s sales of opioids using dishonest public relations tactics at a time when thousands were losing their lives to overdoses.

Governor Murphy is paying the same professional PR spin firm $5.5 million taxpayer dollars to help coordinate his response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Phil Murphy has been papering over his failed COVID response with a professionally backed effort by the same people promoting opioid sales,” said NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt. “Murphy needs to drop these bad actors immediately and just as importantly come clean with the people of New Jersey. What are the straight facts on his plan to deal with the second wave of COVID? Families, small business owners and our most vulnerable population in nursing homes cannot afford another failed effort by this Administration.”

Steinhardt: Murphy Still Abusing CARES Act Funding While Small Businesses Struggle

November 23, 2020
Steinhardt: Murphy Still Abusing CARES Act Funding While Small Businesses Struggle
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Trenton, NJ – On Friday, Governor Murphy said at a press conference that “N.J. would have ‘blood on our hands’ if we shut indoor dining, retail without stimulus money.” 
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Republicans continue to beat the drum that Murphy is clamoring for more stimulus money, but at the same time, abusing the initial $2.4 billion in grants received from the CARES Act.
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Over the weekend, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick called for both houses of the New Jersey Legislature to hold a special session to redirect CARES act funding towards an emergency aid package to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
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Governor Murphy’s 2021 State Budget uses $450 million of CARES Act funding on State employee salaries. Despite $4 billion in borrowing and a multi-billion surplus, Governor Murphy continues to abuse CARES Act funding and let small businesses struggle. 

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According to a report by the New Jersey State Auditor, barely 10% of the $2.4 billion of CARES Act money was deployed by the Murphy Administration as of September 30.
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Since Governor Murphy received the CARES Act Funding, over 1.6 million New Jersey workers have filed unemployment claims and an untold number of small businesses have folded.
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NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt released the following statement:
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“Nothing comes between Phil Murphy and his AOC style radical agenda, not even the well-being of struggling small businesses or frontline medical workers. Even Congress came together on the CARES Act without playing politics. But once that funding hit Governor Murphy’s bank account he used it for political stunts in election season and to fund his bloated state budget. Next time Phil Murphy complains about needing more federal funding, let’s all remember how he treated the CARES Act.”
 

Murphy Celebrates More Debt

November 21, 2020
Murphy Celebrates More Debt
 

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Yesterday, Governor Murphy moved on $4B in borrowing to balance his bloated State budget.
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The Murphy Administration celebrated their borrowing scheme by touting the “low” interest rates they received, ignoring (or simply not caring) that they are shackling generations of New Jerseyans with more debt. 
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NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt issued the following statement:
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“The Murphy administration celebrating it’s failure to spend responsibly proves just how out of touch with reality the Governor is. Instead of celebrating something meaningful, like a COVID plan that protects seniors, an economic plan that doesn’t kill the economy, or a spending plan that doesn’t break the bank, Murphy is celebrating securing a “low” interest rate, because he lacks the courage or financial discipline to make the kind of hard choices needed to protect taxpayers from billions more in debt. Murphy might be making his Wall Street cronies stronger and richer, but his bad decisions make New Jersey, and New Jerseyans, weaker and poorer.”
 

Murphy Fails To Protect Nursing Homes, Again

November 18, 2020
Murphy Fails To Protect Nursing Homes, Again

Throughout the covid crisis, the most jarring scenes of loss occurred in our state’s nursing and veterans homes and other long term care facilities. Recent reports indicate that outbreaks of Covid-19 in these facilities are skyrocketing yet again. 

NJ nursing home outbreaks:
Oct. 19: 156
Oct. 26: 164
Oct. 28: 166
Nov. 5: 191
Nov. 9: 200
Nov. 16: 241

Governor Murphy’s Administration manages the State run veterans homes, where over 200 of New Jersey’s bravest perished, and has consistently withheld critical information on his actions to protect those facilities. He’s now under Department of Justice investigation. 

NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt issued the following statement:

“Governor Murphy ordered Covid-positive patients back into nursing homes and veterans homes around New Jersey, and over 7,200 of our most vulnerable died. It’s embarrassing but true, New Jersey has the highest death rate in the world. Now, the virus is back for round two and the Governor has failed again to stop the virus from entering our LTCF’s. His failure to recognize the unique vulnerability of these facilities and take measures to protect them reinforces what we all know; Phil Murphy isn’t up to the job of being Governor Murphy. Rather than learn from the carnage he created earlier this year in nursing homes across the State, it’s clear Murphy cares more about publicity than public health, puts insiders over average citizens, and prioritizes secrecy when we need sunlight. Governor Murphy’s handling of the covid crisis will be a dark stain on the history of our State, but thankfully, we can begin erasing when we vote Murphy out of office next November.”
 

Democrat Mayor Blames Murphy For Crime Surge

November 17, 2020
Democrat Mayor Blames Murphy For Crime Surge

 

According to a new report, Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh is blaming Governor Murphy’s early prisoner release program for the surge in gun crime. NorthJersey.com reports that more people have been shot in Paterson this year than at any other time in the past decade, according to city statistics.

NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt published an Op-Ed earlier this year exposing the shocking increase in gun crime and Governor Murphy’s refusal to get tough on chronic criminals.

NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt released this comment:

“Governor Murphy lied to New Jersey and released violent criminals into our neighborhoods. His weak leadership and bad judgment make our communities less safe and put our families at greater risk. Now, even members of his own Party are crying out publicly, condemning his policies and highlighting his failures. Governor Murphy’s radical, liberal agenda rewards criminals and threatens innocent New Jerseyans. His reckless, unreasonable and unsafe ideas must end. New Jersey deserves government with guts. It’s time for Phil to go.”

NJGOP Calls On Murphy To Address Violence

November 16, 2020
NJGOP Calls On Murphy To Address Violence

 

Over the weekend, in Washington DC, there were multiple reports of physical assault and harassment of President Trump’s supporters. NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt is calling on Governor Murphy to address the violence:

“Governor Murphy holds a leadership position within the Democrat Party, which is why his silence in the face of recent accounts of Washington DC violence is disappointing and disheartening. No one in our country should be subject to physical or verbal harassment for expressing their political beliefs. As Chairman of the Democrat Governors Association, Governor Murphy, show a little courage, step up and denounce the violence we saw this weekend from ANTIFA and BLM.”

Chairman Steinhardt On Murphy Re-Election Announcement

November 13, 2020
Chairman Steinhardt On Murphy Re-Election Announcement

NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt released the following statement in response to Governor Murphy’s announced re-election:

“Governor Murphy’s first term resulted in the reckless deaths of more than 7,100 seniors and veterans, the early release of COVID positive, violent prisoners into our neighborhoods and communities, shuttered businesses, shattered dreams, and billions more in debt for our children to repay.

“A second term of the same, far left policies will leave New Jersey weaker and poorer and New Jerseyans paying the price of Phil Murphy’s socialist agenda. His mismanagement of the Covid Crisis cost the lives of seniors and veterans and killed jobs and businesses with cold-hearted commandments, illogical restrictions and carte blanche closures. Worse yet, he’s failed to recognize the opportunity, as our State emerges from this crisis, to fundamentally reform New Jersey government to adapt to the 21st century. The world today is different than it was pre-covid, yet Murphy is sticking with his sad, tired, tax and spend agenda as if nothing happened. His failure to put forward a modern version of State management, with a tax code that doesn’t hold the middle class back and regulation that allows small business to flourish, leaves us mired near the bottom of nearly every meaningful, national ranking.

“New Jerseyans deserve leadership. Phil Murphy is failing. The NJGOP is fighting to give New Jerseyans a government that puts people first, lets them keep more of their hard earned money, spends responsibly, and makes New Jersey a beacon of opportunity for the nation to emulate. It’s not a pipe dream. Come November 2021, let’s end the nightmare that’s Phil Murphy tenure, and make New Jersey right.”

Murphy Quietly Has One Of Worst Weeks Yet

November 9, 2020
Murphy Quietly Has One Of Worst Weeks Yet
 
 
Overshadowed by the 2020 election, Governor Murphy quietly had one of the worst weeks of his tenure in office.
“Phil Murphy’s weak leadership and reckless pursuit of an AOC style political agenda is putting us all in danger,” said NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt. “He’s risking our health, our safety and our financial security. New Jersey needs to band together and kick Phil Murphy out of office in 2021.”

Murphy’s silence on Trump death threat is unbecoming of his office

November 6, 2020
Murphy’s silence on Trump death threat is unbecoming of his office
 
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On Wednesday morning, Collingswood County Committeeman Chris Emrich tweeted support for the assassination of President Trump. Emrich said we need a “John Wilkes Booth” project, a clear reference to the murder of President Lincoln.
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Despite public outcry within his party, Governor Murphy has not called for Emrich’s resignation.
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NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt issued the following statement:
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“Governor Murphy is the head of the Democratic Party in New Jersey, so when one of his acolytes calls for the assassination of a sitting President, he has a moral, ethical and professional responsibility to speak out against it. His failure to do so thus far is shameful, unbecoming of his office, and an obvious sign that he’s been taken captive by the most radical elements of his party. These far left groups in the Democratic party are clearly driving his policy agenda, and now anti-Trump fantacism has overcome basic civic decorum. I can’t believe it’s come to this, but New Jersey deserves a Governor who will condemn calls for the assassination of the sitting President of the United States.”

Testa Blows The Lid Off COVID Positive Prisoner Scandal

November 3, 2020
Testa Blows The Lid Off COVID Positive Prisoner Scandal
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Senator Michael Testa has released an internal Murphy Administration memorandum detailing plans to release COVID-positive inmates at bus and train stations tomorrow with no warning to the general public.
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This comes on the heels of an announced Federal Investigation into the Murphy Administration ordering COVID positive patients into long term care facilities, resulting in the death of more than 7100 veterans and vulnerable adults.
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NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt offered the following comment:
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“Governor Murphy is killing New Jersey: it’s economy and residents. Now, he’s been caught trying to secretly release COVID positive criminals into your communities. Under a made up, COVID credit program, Murphy is releasing thousands of violent criminals tomorrow, not because they paid their debt to society, showed remorse for their crimes, or even behaved while behind bars, but solely because they were imprisoned during a pandemic. A secret DOC memo made public by Senator Michael Testa makes clear that many of the prisoners Murphy’s letting loose are being released COVID-positive, into close quarter transportation centers like train stations and bus stops. This Governor’s mismanagement is as criminal as the criminals he’s letting out sick onto our streets. If our courts won’t prosecute him, we can’t elect him.  Send the first message today with Republican victories across the state.”