Murphy isn’t exactly a weather governor


November 15, 2018.

A day of disaster for Governor Phil Murphy and consequently for the entire state. It was the day he completely botched his handling of the first big snowstorm of this season.

He was green. People’s lawns were not. Covered in white snow, New Jersey stood ready and awaited a response.

Unfortunately, there weren’t many. Orders were slow to be given. The children found themselves separated from their parents and spent hours in the evening trapped in their schools. Or on the buses. Drivers across the state found themselves stranded on highways that turned into parking lots that were not cleared of snow.

And it wasn’t an unreasonable amount of snow to deal with. There was nothing ending with “of the century” about this one. One of the deepest snow totals the next day was Bethlehem in Hunterdon County at 10 inches, but most of New Jersey received significantly less than that.

There was no real justification or excuse for the disaster. Just bad management.

Still, Murphy, as usual, deflected the blame as best he could. He tried to argue that officials should “make a dime” from an inaccurate forecast.

It was a lie. Our chief meteorologist Dan Zarrow had called him with plenty of time to prepare.

“It’s also the first storm of the year, in mid-November, so you’re reviewing reps for the first time in nine months.”

So was it just practice?

“And the people are aggressively out there doing their best.”

Yes THEY were, but they couldn’t start until the orders were given, and you failed Phil.

“Again, I don’t blame people for being, you know, sitting there in a parking lot, frustrated. But again, patience. Mother Nature threw a real hard on us tonight and we’re going to clear the roads. . “

Gee, thanks for not blaming us for being frustrated Phil. But we’ll go ahead and blame you.

I still remember former Governor Chris Christie calling our show (not on any hotline, just the regular hotline) like any other regular angry driver. He told his own story like so many others did that day of all the hours he was trapped.

Then we all remember what happened next. Murphy’s classic overcorrection. Brining. The constant overbrushing of the roads. Days when there were hardly any snow showers forecast. Salt water. Days when it was too hot for the snow to stick. Salt water.

Frankly, it was embarrassing.

I thought of that Monday afternoon when he declared a state of emergency before the northeast hit. Did that make sense? Probably, just in case. Was it political? Oh you bet.

Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli called out Murphy in the media and in front of him during a live debate on the night Ida struck. The governor of Pennsylvania declared a state of emergency long before the rains fell, while Murphy waited until about 10 p.m. that evening, when people were already stranded and several had already been washed away. by floodwaters. Ciattarelli’s point was that, while procedural, a state of emergency could have served to make people take the storm more seriously.

You can bet his decision on Monday was as much a hedging move as it was a precautionary move. He didn’t want to give other Ciattarelli sound clips a chance like the ones from the election just a week ago.

When it comes to handling weather emergencies, it seems Murphy is never quite right. He was never in front, but more in pursuit from behind.

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Jeff Deminski. All opinions expressed are those of Jeff Deminski.

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