Gov. Murphy suggests Kavanaugh should 'pack up and leave town'

David Madden
September 27, 2018 - 5:21 pm
Governor Phil Murphy hosts a press conference to discuss the budget on Monday, June 18, 2018.

Photo Credit: Edwin J. Torres Governor's Office.


NEW JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy told reporters at an event in Union County Thursday that he believes Christine Blasey Ford.

Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about a sexual assault in 1982 she insists came at the hands of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Murphy, a Democrat who has opposed Kavanaugh’s nomination from the start, took Republicans on the committee to task for what he called "this prosecutorial mindset" in questioning Ford, calling the approach "completely unacceptable."

"This prosecutorial mindset in the presumption that you're guilty as a woman who raises her hand and says, 'Something happened to me,' ought to have all of our hair on fire," he said, "not just women but men and women."

The governor also suggested Kavanaugh should "just pack up and leave town," or the committee and the FBI should fully investigate the allegations brought up by Ford and others.

"The presumption is they're picking at her case to try to call her out to prove she's not telling the truth," he added. "The presumption should be she is telling the truth and let's start from there." 

Murphy’s comments came before Kavanaugh testified before the committee.