A Democrat campaign consultant was caught on tape asserting that New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy will institute a COVID-19 vaccine mandate in the state if he is reelected—but is keeping that information on the downlow during the election campaign to avoid scaring off independent voters.
The video, released by Project Veritas Monday night, features political consultant Wendy Martinez, whose firm Atabey Consulting has received more than $60,000 in payment from the campaign, the Washington Times reported. Martinez is also on a subcommittee of Gov. Murphy‘s Restart and Recovery Advisory Council, which advises him on COVID policy.
The hidden camera footage shows Martinez and political operative Matthew Urquijo talking to a Project Veritas undercover journalist about Murphy’s plans to establish a statewide COVID vaccine mandate policy.
“He is going to do it, but he couldn’t do it before the elections. Because of the independents and the undecided,” Martinez said in Spanish, adding that “right now is about him winning.”
“Not that he won’t [get elected], but I think there are some people that, you know, might push back,” said Urquijo, who manages Forward 2021, a coordinated campaign paid for by the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.
“Because they are all into all the shit, ‘my rights, my shit,’ and they don’t care if they kill everybody,” Martinez replied disdainfully.
Urquijo seemed to revel in the deceitful plan, admitting that their strategy is to avoid the politically risky issue for now, but as soon as Murphy wins, to go into his next term “guns blazing” with the vaccine mandates.
“I think the problem is right now—because it’s election season—he is not going to have people say, like, ‘We’re gonna have a mandate now,’ ” Urquijo added. “Because, you know, for some people that’s going to piss them off. I think once, you know, we have a win, he’s like, ‘All right, guns blazing, like, ‘Who cares? I’m in it. Let’s do the mandates. Let’s do this, X, Y and Z.’”
BREAKING: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Campaign Senior Advisor, Wendy Martinez, REFUSES to answer questions over claims Murphy will impose vaccine mandates AFTER re-election
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Murphy is one of several Democrat governors, including former NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who ordered nursing homes to readmit residents recovering from COVID-19.
According to the report by New Jersey Advance Media, the governor’s office was warned that the policy would lead to unnecessary deaths, but Murphy went ahead and seeded nursing homes with COVID patients anyway.
New Jersey Republican lawmakers held a hearing on March 5 to examine why Covid-19 positive patients were readmitted, leading to over 8,000 deaths in Garden State nursing homes.
The NJ GOP blasted the Murphy campaign on Monday for “following political science, as opposed to actual science.”
“This extremely disturbing video appears to confirm what the Murphy campaign has been hinting at – and the NJGOP has been warning about – throughout the summer: that a second Murphy term will bring about the same type of vaccine passports seen in Bill de Blasio’s New York, burdening already suffering businesses and discriminating against minority communities in which immunization rates are lower,” said NJGOP Executive Director Tom Szymanski. “Purposefully hiding this life-changing information until after the election is as deceitful as it gets. Phil Murphy must immediately state his intentions on this matter before voting ends next week and disclose whether or not data of thousands of New Jerseyans already entered into the Docket App has been harvested for the purpose of implementing a vaccine passport.”
Murphy faces Republican challenger politician and businessman Jack Ciattarelli. Most polls show Murphy’s lead in the double digits.