A New Jersey teachers’ union posted, and then quickly removed, photos online that show their leaders and Governor Phil Murphy at a fundraising event, according to reports.
Murphy put masks on teachers, staff, students and visitors at all Garden State schools in August to prevent the spread of the highly contagious Delta version of the coronavirus.
It also made Murphy – a vocal proponent of wearing masks who once said it should be a “national necessity” – to be caught in an embarrassing moment of latest Democratic gubernatorial hypocrisy – without incident to others. despite the need.
The Shore News Network reported Monday that Murphy and leaders of the New Jersey Education Association were photographed not wearing masks during the Garden State Equality Ball at Asbury Lane, a historic bowling alley, concert venue and event center in Asbury Park .
The annual fundraiser for Garden State Equality, a nonprofit LGBTQ+ advocacy group, took place Thursday and required proof of “a complete COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result,” according to its website.
Some photos purportedly posted on various social media websites show Murphy speaking from the stage to a largely masked crowd sitting together at tables among the audience as a sign-language interpreter translated his words. has done.
A tweet from the Essex County Educators Association also said, “Our second VP Chris Canella along with our LGBTQ+ committee chairman Micah Gary-Fryer enjoyed the Garden State Equality Ball last night with NJEA leadership and staff.”
But all the posts were removed soon after Shore News Network reported on them, according to the site, which published the images.
The Shore News Network said in its follow-up report, “There is a saying that something goes like this, nothing is really removed from the Internet.”
The SaveJersey.com website also posted some of the images that have since been removed.
New Jersey State Sen. Michael Testa told Fox News that the maskless incident was “another example of Murphy’s hypocrisy as he continues to impose vain pandemic mandates on regular New Jerseyans that he and other elite Democrats have recklessly pursued.” Ignore when they think no one is watching.”
“We can imagine King Murphy saying to his court’s laughter, ‘Let them wear the mask,'” he said.
State Sen. Holly Shepicy also told Fox News, “The people of New Jersey are being told by this administration that they should comply, not question, or be labeled Knockhead or worse, while those seeking compliance. violate the policies they push.”
“That’s wrong,” she said.
Murphy’s office declined comment, Fox News said.
Other Democratic governors who have been recorded flouting their own masking or social-distancing rules include California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and Andrew Cuomo, who resigned since New York Gov., who stepped down in August over sexual assault allegations.