NJ governor on being harassed while dining: 'I get the stress'
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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said he gets “the stress” of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic after a video went viral over the weekend of several people confronting the governor while he ate dinner outside at a restaurant with his wife and children. 

People can be heard in the video calling Murphy “such a dick." Another person can be heard asking “You having fun with your family? In the meantime you’re having all kinds of other bullshit going on,” in addition to a slate of other insults and profanity. 

When asked about the incident on “CBS This Morning,” Murphy said Tuesday that he understands “the overwhelming amount of stress” that people are facing due to the pandemic and called for all people to continue wearing face masks.   


"We were dining outdoors and in the middle of our meal. I'm a big guy, I can take it, my wife can take it. I'd prefer folks to be more civil and to leave our kids out of this, but I completely get the stress. The stress levels are exceptionally high. You’ve lost a job, you’ve lost a business, you’ve lost a loved one. I can’t blame folks for being stressful,” Murphy said.

“I just would preach that we’ve got to try to find ways to come together and hunker down," he continued. "This isn’t forever and for always. We’ve got a tough few months in front of us, but we’re going to get through this."

The governor also told "CBS This Morning" that his family, including his children, continued eating dinner after the incident and joked that he’s “a Murphy, so I had a drink afterwards as well.”

"It was unfortunate. The language was unacceptable. I wish our kids weren't sucked into it, but I get the stress,” Murphy said.

He also urged people to celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday with their immediate family only, and not to gather “with grandma and grandpa.” 

New Jersey has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, reporting over 3,500 COVID-19 cases on Monday and 11 deaths in the state.