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President Donald Trump and Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) in Wildwood, New Jersey on January 28, 2020. Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

Murphy body slams Van Drew for rejecting Electoral College count

Governor beats up Van Drew for ‘siding with conspiracy theorists and throwing his fate in with the far-right’s disproven and crackpot theories’

By David Wildstein, January 04 2021 1:56 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy lambasted Democrat-turned-Republican Jefferson Van Drew on Monday for refusing to certify Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election, calling congressional Republicans seeking to “overthrow a free and fair election” as “shameful, dangerous, undemocratic and unpatriotic.”

“It pains me in particular to see one of our own representatives, Congressman Jeff Van Drew, cynically siding with conspiracy theorists and throwing his fate in with the far-right’s disproven and crackpot theories,” Murphy said.  “If that’s the legacy Jeff wants, then I guess it is what is.”

The Press of Atlantic City first reported Van Drew’s intentions today.

Murphy similarly bashed President Donald Trump after reports that he pressured the Georgia Secretary of State to find more votes to give him the state’s electoral votes.

“An American president sitting in the Oval Office working the phones to subvert American democracy for his personal benefit,” he said.  “Let that sink in for a moment.”

In prepared remarks at his daily press briefing, Murphy expressed some gratitude to those Republicans who are prepared to validate Biden’s election.

“Thankfully there are enough Republicans in Congress to prevent a small band of right-wing conspiracy theorists and their pathetic minions … from succeeding,” Murphy said. “The voters have spoken.  Our election officials have spoken.  The courts have spoken, and the Electoral College has spoken – and yet that seemingly isn’t enough for those willing to overturn an election because they just can’t accept that their guy lost decisively.”

Murphy commended some New Jersey Republicans, like former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, for acknowledging the outcome of the presidential election.

I know there are many more who privately share their misgivings about the rabbit hole their colleagues are preparing to drag out nation and the Constitution down, and their silence is equal to acquiescence,” he said.  “We’ve lost something greater when simply acknowledging the will of the people after an election is considered courageous, and shame on those who have not found any semblance of courage.”

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