In what is being called “an extraordinary appeal,” New Jersey Governor and self-proclaimed Catholic Phil Murphy has begged seven companies deeply rooted in the Red state of Georgia to pack up shop and head to the Garden State in order to protect female employees from a “dangerous potential new reality” should the Supreme Court reverse its 1973 decision on Roe v. Wade.
In letters to the Georgia companies, the Democratic governor cited his state’s newly-signed law that permits abortions clear up to birth and warned that SOTUS’s anticipated overturning of the controversial abortion ruling “threatens the safety and quality of life” for women in Georgia and beyond.
With the Catholic Governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, expected to sign off on an egregious anti-life bill permitting abortion up to birth, here is a friendly reminder that you can't support abortion and be Catholic. pic.twitter.com/9ubeAJEkim
— CatholicVote.org (@CatholicVote) January 11, 2022
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, in one letter dated May 25, Murphy wrote, “The overturning of a woman’s right to bodily autonomy — and the chilling effect this decision will have on your ability to attract and retain top female talent by being located in a state which has refused to recognize women’s reproductive freedom — cannot be ignored.”
While Murphy’s office did not identify the seven companies to which versions of this letter were sent, “the Garden State is targeting businesses involved in digital media, financial services, information technology and manufacturing,” AJC reports, adding that Murphy’s office mailed the letters to more than 50 companies located in pro-life states, including Florida, Missouri, Ohio and Texas.
In a statement about the letters, Murphy’s press secretary, Alyana Alfaro Post said, “Economic strength is about more than just value — it is about values. Governor Murphy encourages businesses looking to stand with their employees to look to New Jersey, a state where they can be confident that the rights of women, the LGBTQIA+ community, and voters will always be protected.”
New Jersey’s Catholic bishops expressed their disappointment May 12 with a proposal by Governor Phil Murphy to expand abortion access in the state, which already recognizes abortion as a constitutional right. https://t.co/C5XK8qpwaZ
— Catholic News Agency (@cnalive) May 17, 2022
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp did not know about Murphy’s attempt to poach the Peach State’s businesses, but when AJC informed him of the letters, he quickly pointed to three companies that fled New Jersey, opting instead to house their headquarters in Georgia.
“We are happy to engage in this comparison of Georgia’s No. 1 business environment vs. New Jersey’s,” said Kemp spokeswoman Katie Byrd.
“A sitting governor wouldn’t be spending his time making this type of desperate outreach if business was also booming in his state,” she continued. “He’d be celebrating the announcement of multibillion dollar projects and thousands of new jobs with quality companies — like Gov. Kemp has had the privilege of doing several times already this year.”
In one of the versions of Murphy’s “desperate outreach,” the governor pointed to his state’s high quality of life, promising that “New Jersey is a state where value matches values.”
But as a Catholic advocating for woke progressive policies, Murphy’s values have repeatedly been called into question.
According to Catholic Texas Deacon Keith Fournier back in January, “Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler Texas said… that New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has caved to the culture of death and should stop claiming to be a ‘good Catholic.'”
“Thank you Bishop Strickland for your courageous defense of the fundamental Right to LIfe,” the Deacon tweeted.
*Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler Texas said Friday that New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has caved to the culture of death and should stop claiming to be a “good Catholic.”
Thank you Bishop Strickland for your courageous defense of the fundamental Right to Life.
— Deacon Keith Fournier (@KeithFournier7) January 15, 2022
In April, American Wire reported that, despite several requests for comment sent by Fox News Digital to multiple press contacts within Murphy’s office, the governor chose not to comment on plans from New Jersey’s public school system to teach first- and second-grade children gender ideology.
Encouraged by the state’s Education Standards are discussions on “the range of ways people express their gender and how gender role stereotypes may limit behavior,” Fox News stated at the time.
NJ Gov. Murphy mum about controversial 2nd grade lesson plans on gender ideology https://t.co/yIK1UopSza
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) April 10, 2022
These kinds of fundamental breaks from traditional Catholic values may be shocking to critics on social media, but in reality, should they be?
As American Wire reported last month, even the Pope appears to favor those who favor abortion over the sanctity of life.
Pope Francis elevates bishop who supports Communion for pro-abortion parishioners https://t.co/LPZCnrT6II
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) May 30, 2022
Still, the Pope’s decision to elevate a bishop who is okay with giving Communion to pro-abortion churchgoers hasn’t softened the hearts of many who find Murphy’s liberal values and policies repugnant.
“It’s Saturday June 11th, 2022,” one user posted to Twitter, “and Phil Murphy is the most incompetent Governor in NJ history.”
It’s Saturday June 11th, 2022 and Phil Murphy is the most incompetent Governor in NJ history.
Thanks. Have a good day.
— Andrew DeMaio (@andrew_demaio) June 11, 2022
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