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Variable-message sign on a New Jersey Highway in 2020.

Murphy sticking with ‘knucklead,’ after mulling ‘blockhead or numb skull’

Knucklehead has ‘a little more oomph,” governor says

By David Wildstein, May 04 2020 12:56 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy says he’s sticking with “knucklehead” to describe New Jerseyans who don’t follow social distancing orders.

Senate Minority Whip Joseph Pennacchio (R-Montville) criticized his use of the term over the weekend.

“I looked it up for myself and the definition is a stupid, bumbling, inept person, which I think is quite consistent with some of the behavior,” the governor said.

At his daily press briefing on Monday, Murphy said he found two alternatives: “blockhead or numb skull.”

“I like knucklehead because we started there.  It’s got three syllables.  It’s got a little bit more oomph,” he said.

And to Pennacchio, who said variable-message signs on state highways saying, “Don’t be a Knucklehead” was disrespectful, Murphy had an answer ready.

“That’s the point,” the governor said.

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