TRENTON, N.J. – Governor Murphy poured gasoline on the great national mask debate on Monday by accusing skeptics of playing politics.
“Your political affiliation is NOT an underlying condition,” tweeted Murphy while noting that certain medical conditions are the only adult exception to his executive order mandating masks usage in retail buildings and crowded outdoor spaces.
Here’s the tweet:
The only people who do not need to be masked are:
✅Children under two years old
✅Individuals with an underlying medical condition whose health and well-being would be threatened by wearing a mask
Your political affiliation is NOT an underlying condition.
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) July 13, 2020
Governor Murphy ordered outdoor masks last week.
There are political trendlines behind mask usages; polls have shown that Republicans are the least likely to regularly wear them.