New Jersey Governor Murphy: Arrogance

By | April 29, 2021

[April 28, 2021]  I live in the state with the highest COVID infection rates and the nation’s highest death rates, second to none.  New York and Michigan states garner the most media attention for high death rates, but they have a rival in New Jersey Governor Murphy.

Yesterday I was sitting in my chiropractor’s office waiting for a minor adjustment.  All was routine until I saw our local newspaper with an above-the-fold headline, “Murphy to allow dancing at proms and weddings.”1  The online version has a much more cautious headline.

We have some of the most intense lockdowns, detailed restrictions on socializing, and heavy-handed enforcement.  Governor Murphy continues to cling to the temporary emergency powers he exercised under state law to control the “dials” of our lives.  It is a long way to temporary  However, the emergency is not more.  His arrogance should come to an end.

The arrogance of Governor Murphy’s decree now allows the hapless citizens of our state to dance.  Gee, who would have thought that dancing was so dangerous.  I use the term arrogance carefully and precisely.2  I know about arrogance in leaders who think they know more than the rest of us.

Several times I’ve written on my military experience with arrogant leaders.  One, in particular, was about my first Company Commander, who was a weak leader: ignorant, divisive, and arrogant.  I was embarrassed to be in his command.  So too, I’m embarrassed to be a citizen of New Jersey for the same reason.

Many New Jersians are content to let the “experts” determine their fate.  They even drive their cars and go for walks wearing their masks.  I just shake my head when I see them.  Being a sheep is not very hard.  Just follow jolly-fellow, grandpa Murphy; he knows what’s good for us.  Just ask him.

Restrictive rules are in place in states with the highest rates of infections and deaths.  I’m no medical expert, but that alone tells me the political policies of Governor Murphy and other similar state governors are not working.

Maybe Governor Murphy will allow us to camp out in the woods sometime in the future.  So far, he is not lifting that restriction.  Heaven forbid that I remove my mask in my campsite, around the campfire when no one is looking.


  2. Arrogance is the individual trait of personal superiority in rank, power, dignity, or estimation. It is to consider one’s own worth or importance to an undue degree, pride with contempt of others; presumptuous.
Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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30 thoughts on “New Jersey Governor Murphy: Arrogance

  1. KenFBrown

    Gov Murphy’s plan is to convince his sheep citizens that he is the greatest leader of all time. Everything else is irrelevant. He does the socialist shuffle … blame everyone else for his own failures and take credit for those things that go right.

    1. Rusty D.

      We always will have fake leaders like Murphy and crew. How he can stay in his position is obvious. Two things, the news media (support only democrats and hide their wrong-doings) and stupidity (of the citizens that cannot think for themselves).

  2. José Luis Rodriguez

    I find it unsettling that a governor like Murphy or others like Whitmer, Cuomo, and Newsome aren’t still in their positions of power over their citizens. Shocking. They fumbled the covid crisis so badly that their policies literally lead to the deaths of thousands. Yet their people love them. Great advertising. I want to have their advertising firm.

  3. Steve Dade

    Gen. Satterfield, excellent analysis of the state of New Jersey. Indeed, they have a governor who keeps his vision of ‘safety’ on the front burner so we think he is our savior.

    1. Frank Graham

      Safety uber alles. Safety above all. If that is the case, then we should never venture out of our homes. We might catch a cold.

      1. Deplorable John

        This is why so many liberals live in the basements of their parents home.

  4. Harold M. Smith II

    Here is the key to Gen. S’s article, “Restrictive rules are in place in states with the highest rates of infections and deaths. I’m no medical expert, but that alone tells me the political policies of Governor Murphy and other similar state governors are not working.” Even a normal person can see it. But if you watch tv, you would believe those who are free thinkers are some kind of threat to humanity. We are indeed, SHEEP.

  5. Guns are Us

    Linus Man, noted it below but I will repeat it. New Jersey and other states with the most draconian restrictions due to the pandemic are also the states with the most violence and most restrictive gun laws. Gun laws don’t work either yet they keep passing more and more restrictions. Let’s hope the US Supreme Court, hearing an NRA case against NY, will have some balls and stop these terrible gun laws.

      1. Eric Coda

        Citizens of NJ, throw out your governor and you will be better off for it. Your taxes will come down, the pandemic will go away, you will more freedoms, and you will be safer.

  6. Wendy Holmes

    So sad, so very sad. I feel for your neighbors. Maybe you consider moving to Texas or Florida where the govt there is sane. Plus, the taxes are lower and the people are friendlier.

  7. Willie Shrumburger

    Gen. Satterfield, spot on article. Unfortunately, the restrictions continue despite nearly everyone being vaccinated. Now, because 88 people died out of more than 100 million who received their shots, governors like Murphy from New Jersey want to keep all 331 million of us locked down. I’m not so sure arrogance is strong enough descriptor of this evil.

    1. Yusaf from Texas

      Good point Willie, sad that we elect such wannabe dictators.

      1. Greg Heyman

        But we allow it to happen and continue to praise and reelect such morons. What’s up with that?

      2. Pink Cloud

        Maybe Gen. Satterfield implied the answer when he noted that so many of New Jersians are “sheep.” They walk to the slaughter with total ignorance. ✌

        1. Silly Man

          Yeah, I hope to get out of NY and move to a sane state where those nutty governors do what is right and not what “feels good.”

        2. Linux Man

          There is another pattern developing. Where do you see the highest violence in large cities? Simple, once again, Democratic cities in states run by Democrats. If you live there …. GET OUT while you can.

    2. Emma Archambeau

      Willie, you sure hit the nail on the head with your comment. Is there a pattern here in these states? Perhaps we should note that they all are Democratically controlled states (NJ, NY, CA, MI, MA, PA, etc.). Anyone else see this pattern? Any one commenting on it?

  8. Dale Paul Fox

    We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein
    This quote from Einstein is probably a better view of how leaders would do themselves better in most situations like the pandemic emergency.

  9. Stacey Borden

    Great article, Gen. Satterfield, on your state of New Jersey. I see this in other states as well. Who was it that said that the definition of insanity is to continue doing the same thing and expecting different results. The current restrictions aren’t working but NJ leaders keep saying they will control the pandemic with it.

    1. Gil Johnson

      Albert Einstein Quote: “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”

  10. Max Foster

    Arrogant? I was say clueless. NJ has not just the highest overall death and infection rates but also the highest nursing home death rates, even higher than NY. That really says something. You would think that someone who has plenty of ‘expert’ help all around could figure out that dumbing down on a fail policy is not the right way to solve a problem.

    1. Doug Smith

      Cleary, the governor of NJ, like NY and MI and CA, would come to the realization that something is wrong with what they are doing and reevaluate it to go in a perhaps different direction. Naw! Not smart enough.

    2. Rev. Michael Cain

      It is a sad commentary that there are so many governors who cannot see that even medical experts are saying that these restrictions are not working.

    3. Valkerie

      Max, well said and once again, I’ll say your analysis is very straight forward. Thanks.


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