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Why Governor Murphy is an unpopular political figure

Phil Murphy preparing to host advertisements on T.V. The advertisement will outline his future agenda.
Photo Credit: Photo via Kevin Sanders under Creative Commons Licence
Phil Murphy preparing to host advertisements on T.V. The advertisement will outline his future agenda.

Governor Murphy of New Jersey hopes to replace all of the gas cars in car shops with electric cars by 2035.

Issues with Murphy’s agenda

Upon first glance this may seem like a great idea, Governor Murphy will lower emissions and make New Jersey a greener state. But that is a very surface level and one-dimensional way to look at this situation. Electric cars, even used ones, are very expensive.

The cheapest being the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV, being $27,495. This includes the extra $500 for charging stations. On top of that the estimated range on a full battery is 247-259 miles, a far cry from the 300-400 miles on a typical gas car.

This isn’t taking into account how the prices will change in the future, most likely for the worse considering the current economic climate, it also isn’t taking into account how the batteries will change. However, addressing the elephant in the room, Governor Murphy never stated what electric car they will be replacing the gas cars with.

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Governor Murphy’s history

Woodbridge Mall recently installed a few electric charging stations at the mall. These charging stations means there a less parking spots close to the mall entrance. (Photo Credit: The Declaration Staff)

Governor Murphy’s record with making New Jersey a greener state isn’t clean. During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Murphy spent $522,000 which was allocated to COVID-19 rescue money, on eight Chevy Suburban sports utility vehicles. This money should have been spent on at least 10 ventilators for hospitals, which could have saved several people from dying due to COVID-19 complications, or other bodily issues.

Other plans

Furthermore, Governor Murphy continuously orders the building of housing units, such as apartments. The current spending plan is $305,000,000 for 3,000 housing units. This is another big issue, New Jersey is one of the most congested states in America.

Despite being one of the smallest states, it is the 11th most populated state in all of America. It goes without saying that pollution in New Jersey is and has been a problem, and Governor Murphy is only making it worse. If Governor Murphy’s plan is to make New Jersey a greener state, why is his agenda so counter-intuitive?


Governor Murphy’s current agenda isn’t going to accomplish what he hopes it will. What will work is instead of apartments and replacing all gas cars with electric, he orders the building of big businesses and stops putting up apartments.

Putting up big businesses, such as Starbucks, Chick-fil-A and other endeared fast food restaurants can bolster the economy. A lot of apartments, such as the Vermella complex on Main Street, could have instead been a gas station, as it is near a major highway, and fast food places.

This would make more sense because there would be a lot of business. While gas stations don’t immediately make New Jersey a greener state, it has more benefits than apartments, and as shown Governor Murphy isn’t entirely dead-set on his cleaning up agenda.

Other opinions

In a survey sent to 50 individuals, 7 responded, all stating that Governor Murphy isn’t doing a good job as New Jersey’s Governor.

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John Kucel
John Kucel, Reporter
John Kucel is a 17-year-old Senior at Colonia High School. Kucel has an older sister and enjoys spending time with her and their family. Kucel is an advocate for calisthenics, a type of body weight exercise, and cold showers. In his free time he often is working out or playing video games. Kucel is a conservative that pushes for the truth to get out regardless of the topic. Kucel plans on going into the police force one day and hopes to have a happy family. Currently, Kucel is employed at the WCC where he has been working for a year. He plays hockey and hopes to get into track or wrestling eventually.   

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    TimJun 1, 2023 at 5:22 pm

    Governor Murphy is always concerned with the state’s infurstructure, but has never explained what that is and how that helps New Jersey citizens.

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