TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey is roasting through the final hours of an exceptionally hot summer heatwave, Save Jerseyans, and Governor Phil Murphy expressed concern over the weekend via Twitter for prisoners enduring a
broken ***repaired*** air conditioning system at the Democrat-run Bergen County Jail:
Deeply disturbed by reports of a lack of air conditioning at the Bergen County Jail. We’ve been in contact with @BergenCountySo and understand that AC has been restored.
We’ll continue working with local officials to ensure safe and humane conditions during the heat wave.
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) July 20, 2019
Bergen Jail already found itself embroiled in controversy in recent months for housing ICE detainees.
Some on Twitter noted that Bergen’s A/C issues have been public knowledge for weeks without any apparent decisive action to permanently address the problem:
Thank you. But this was reported on weeks ago. Should have been a priority all this time and fixed well before this weekend. This is why all county jails need thorough, independent civilian oversight.
— Matt Dragon (@matt_dragon) July 20, 2019
Not everyone was buying that Murphy’s concern was genuine, or even appropriate.
Many more were annoyed by what once again seemed to be the Governor’s strangely out-of-order priorities:
Phil’s order of importance:
4. National far leftist perceptions
5. Anyone else but 6
6. Hard working, overburdened NJ taxpayers
— NJ Country Boy (@nj_country) July 20, 2019
“Deeply disturbed”?! 1,000s of NJ public schoolchildren have no AC when it’s this hot. My kids were sick years ago on the 2d floor of Maplewood Middle School when the temps were in the mid-90s and there was no AC. Where’s the compassion and funding to fix that, huh?
— Jennifer Woodhouse (@jl_woodhouse) July 20, 2019
I just hope your $7.3 million Italian estate has AC.
— StewartNotTooMader (@TooMader) July 20, 2019
— Jason W. Alexander (@jwalex54) July 21, 2019
Deeply disturbed by the homeless citizens who are out on the streets.
— Nikki stark (@Nikkistark22) July 20, 2019
Yeah, God forbid criminals not have all of life's luxuries!
— Mark Lonsinger (@MSLdraco) July 20, 2019
The good news is that air conditioning is sexist anyway https://t.co/fgXmLL5sBB
— Joe Colangelo (@Itsjoeco) July 20, 2019