Gloucester County Republican Chairwoman Vigilante jabbed Gov. Phil Murphy over an event at a public port in Paulsboro, claiming the governor’s rare visit to South Jersey was made chiefly for political reasons.
“In most cases I’m happy to welcome someone to Gloucester County, but in this case, I am sure the Governor’s visit has more to do with paying a little attention to South Jersey as he prepares for re-election than it does actual concern for South Jersey,” Vigilante said. “I can only guess Mr. Murphy is coming to Paulsboro as part of the American Association of Port Authorities plea for $3.5 billion in relief funding.”
Murphy was there with Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford), Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) and others to announce a $250 million investment for offshore wind energy manufacturing at the Paulsboro Marin Terminal.
“Simply put, this is the largest investment in offshore wind manufacturing in the United States to date, and when partnered with the New Jersey Wind Port taking shape a number of miles down the road and the 1,500 jobs that are being created there, the impact of the offshore industry on our state will be huge,” Murphy said.
The visit to South Jersey is something of a rarity. Though the pandemic has halted most of the governor’s in-person events save for virus briefings in Trenton, Murphy’s events before March were mostly centered around the state’s northern half.
Events in South Jersey have been rare over the first years of Murphy’s term, though he has made occasionally made governmental announcements south of the state’s capital.