In an unusual show of anger, Gov. Phil Murphy lashed out at anti-vaccine protestors during an event Wednesday in Union City.
“These folks back there have lost their minds — you’ve lost your minds,” he said.
“You are the ultimate knuckleheads. And because of what you are saying and standing for, people are losing their life.”
It was a moment reminiscent of former Gov. Chris Christie. And one where the stats and facts are on Murphy’s side.
The latest health metrics without question show the delta variant of COVID-19 is leading to an exponential rise in cases throughout the country and New Jersey.
In most instances, the cases are being found in — and spread by — unvaccinated people. More so, in almost 100% of the cases, those suffering the most — including those dying — are unvaccinated.
On Wednesday, the state announced there were 1,164 new confirmed cases — and hospitalizations have increased to 598.
There are 99 people in intensive care, 41 on ventilators. There were 13 more confirmed fatalities, bringing that total to 23,906 — with 2,719 probable additional deaths.
The protestors carried signs that said:
- Forced Medical Procedures are Crimes Against Humanity
- No Forced Injections