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Dem governor in deep blue state faces chorus of boos at concert as singer tries to hush them up

by Mahmmod Shar

Bar where Murphy got booed says it’s ‘short-staffed’ as governor drags feet on bill to lift restrictions

By Jessica Chasmar

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, received a chorus of boos at a concert on his home turf Saturday night.

Brian Kirk, the lead singer of Brian Kirk & the Jirks, invited Murphy onstage, but the moment quickly soured at the Red Rock Tap + Grill in Monmouth County, just two miles from the governor’s waterfront mansion.

Video posted on Twitter by Matt Rooney, the founder and editor-in-chief of SaveJersey.com, showed Murphy hugging the band members while the crowd loudly booed.

Kirk broke his embrace of Murphy to scold fans.

“Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, what did I tell you guys?” Kirk said, pointing his finger at the crowd.

“Hey, listen to me,” he continued. “Listen to me, he didn’t want to hear that. He’s a buddy of mine. This is not about politics. He’s a friend of mine. Don’t do that. Out of respect for my friend, don’t do that.” 

Murphy’s administration imposed multiple restrictions on breweries last year, including the limitation of food distribution and the number of private events they can host on-site. A bipartisan bill that passed both the state Assembly and Senate last month to lift the restrictions has been sitting on Murphy’s desk, but he has yet to signal whether he will sign it.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and his wife Tammy Murphy
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and his wife, Tammy, arrive for the state dinner in honor of South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol at the White House on April 26, 2023. (Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

The New Jersey Brewers Association has expressed fears that the continued regulations will force breweries out of business or across state lines.

The website for the Red Rock bar, where Murphy was booed, currently asks for customers’ patience due to being short-staffed.

“Thank you for your patience,” it reads. “Our kitchen is short-staffed due to an unprecedented labor shortage in the service industry.”

Murphy also came under fire last week after signing a bill to give a massive tax break to Danish offshore wind developer Orsted for the first of two energy projects that it’s planning for the waters off the Jersey Shore.

Neither the company nor Democrat lawmakers listed the value of the tax break, but a Republican state senator, Edward Durr, put it at nearly $1 billion.

Vladimir Klitschko (L) talks with US Governor Philip Murphy
Former boxer Vladimir Klitschko, left, talks with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy at the Munich Security Conference in Germany on Feb. 19, 2023. (Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images)

The bill signing came one day after Orsted’s Ocean Wind I project received clearance from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to begin construction on a wind farm 13 to 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City and Ocean City.

Kirk and Murphy’s office did not respond to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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