New Jersey Dem governor jets off to Italy for vacation as coronavirus spikes in state

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy reportedly left this week on a 10-day vacation with his family at a home he owns in Italy as the delta variant of the coronavirus continued to spike in the state, across the country and in Italy.

“Listen, I’m no different than any other family,” Murphy said during a coronavirus briefing Monday. “After this past 17 months, just having a few days together is something that I think all of us want to do with our family, and I’m looking forward to that.”

The governor planned to leave last Tuesday for a visit to his 23-room multimillion-dollar villa in Umbria and return to New Jersey next Thursday, reported.

Murphy, who drew criticism for a previous trip to Italy in 2018, is seeking reelection this year and Republican opponent Jack Ciattarelli blasted him for his decision to leave the country.

“While ‘Rome is burning’ here in New Jersey, Murphy is living in the lap of luxury and too rich to care about the communities and families impacted by the small businesses who had to close their doors forever,” Ciattarelli tweeted Thursday.- READ MORE