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Matt Gaetz Blasted By New Jersey Governor Over ‘Secret Party’

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz was put on blast by New Jersey governor Phil Murphy on Friday. The Republican drew the ire of the Democrat after the congressmen staged a “secret party” inside a restaurant in Jersey City.

Gaetz was photographed inside the Maritime Parc restaurant in Jersey City’s Liberty State Park. The photograph shows he was in close proximity to dozens of people. None wore masks.

New York’s Young Republican Club, allegedly “snuck into” Jersey City on Thursday night for a fundraiser. They went to New Jersey because “they couldn’t find a venue in their own city due to the pandemic,” Murphy alleged during his daily press briefing on Friday.

Sarah Palin was scheduled to speak. After she backed out, Gaetz took her place. The address of the party was kept secret until the last minute. That secret was apparently in order to try and avoid detection by law enforcement.

The ruse failed in part because members of the club posted pictures on social media.

Matt Gaetz Breaks The Rules

“There was no obvious attempt to enforce social distancing or face masks — even though wearing masks indoors is mandatory in New Jersey at organized gatherings when individuals are not eating or drinking,” Murphy said.

The state caps gatherings at 10 people. Restaurants are also only allowed to have 25 percent capacity. Customers must wear masks if they aren’t seated at their tables.

There were dozens of people pictured at the event. However, Murphy took aim specifically at Gaetz in his briefing.

“It is beyond the pale that anyone would willingly endanger people in another state, never mind their own. It is also beyond the pale that a member of Congress … would participate in this.”

Murphy didn’t pull any punches when blasting the congressman.

“That guy in the middle — the tall, handsome fella in the grey suit — that is Rep. Matt Putz. Sorry, Matt Gaetz,” he said. “Based on his past performances, it is obvious being a knucklehead is not beyond the pale for him.”

‘What A Fool’

Murphy continued his diatribe against Gaetz, even calling him a “fool.”

“He and they should be ashamed of themselves. He is not welcome — I hope you’re watching, Matt — you are not welcome in New Jersey,” the governor added. “And frankly, I don’t ever want you back in this state.”

The restaurant claimed, despite video and photo evidence to the contrary, that it followed pandemic regulations. At one point, a spokesperson for the venue said people were routinely speaking in front of the group, hence the lack of masks.

Gaetz did eventually respond to the Governor. The congressman posted on Twitter that Murphy would “regret” calling him out, when the Democrat eventually moved to Florida, “like the rest of New Jersey.”

Teddy Lincoln

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