Who is Phil Murphy's wife? NJ guv slammed for holidaying in $7M Italian villa amid Delta threat

Phil Murphy jetted off for a family vacation to Italy while New Jersey struggles to stem the surge in Covid-19 cases fueled by the delta variant

                            Who is Phil Murphy's wife? NJ guv slammed for holidaying in $7M Italian villa amid Delta threat
Tammy Murphy and husband Governor Phil Murphy are being slammed for their Italian holiday (nj.gov, Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

After a spike in cases attributed to the Delta strain, Gov Phil Murphy of New Jersey is the latest Democrat to draw flak for his ill-timed activities. While his states combat breakouts of the Delta strain, he flew off to Italy this week for a family vacation at his opulent 23-room house in Umbria, news outlets reported on Saturday, August 14.

Gov Murphy had mentioned on Monday, Aug 9, that a new travel advisory is not off the table, but for now, he encouraged mask-wearing. “You gotta use your head,” he added. Seems like the governor may have been putting the advisory off to adjust his travel plans. Interestingly, the Democrat is the only incumbent US governor up for re-election this fall. His ill-timed vacation may make his campaign a bit bumpy for sure. 


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Not to mention, this incident is reminiscent of an earlier incident in February this year when it was reported that Senator Ted Cruz chose to join his family for a vacation in Cancun, Mexico, at a time when people of Texas were experiencing one of the worst winter storms in history, leaving millions without food, water or electricity, and a mounting death toll.

During a coronavirus briefing last week, Murphy had shared, “After this past 17 months, just having a few days together is something that I think all of us want to do with our family, and I’m looking forward to that." The governor's mansion is said to be worth more than $7 million and has a horse stable, tennis court, and pool. His long-awaited vacation move comes even after the US State Department on Thursday, August 12, urged Americans to “reconsider travel to Italy due to Covid-19,” the New York Post reported.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli took to Twitter to slam his rival on Thursday, August 12. “While ‘Rome is burning’ here in New Jersey, Murphy is living in the lap of luxury and too rich to care about the communities and families impacted by the small businesses who had to close their doors forever," he said.



Who is Phil Murphy's wife?

The family vacation has brought scrutiny upon the governor's family and like it was for Senator Cruz's wife Heidi, the focus is also on Phil Murphy's wife Tammy Snyder Murphy. Tammy formerly worked at Goldman Sachs as a banker. She has been married to Murphy, the 56th Governor of New Jersey, since 2018, and is now the First Lady of New Jersey. Tammy stepped into the spotlight as First Lady, with a policy portfolio and an office directly across the hall from her husband.

Tammy, a native of Virginia and a University of Virginia graduate, was born in 1965. (B.A., English and Communications, 1987). Their family lives in Monmouth County, New Jersey, according to the New Jersey government website. She and Murphy have four children: Josh, Emma, Charlie, and Sam, and have been married for 27 years. From 2009 until 2013, the Murphy family had the honor of proudly serving the United States in the Federal Republic of Germany. Tammy, who speaks German and some Italian, has chaired meetings, delivered speeches and hosted lunches and receptions, all of which have benefited our country's relationship with a key partner while also affecting the lives of thousands of Germans and Americans.

Tammy has worked with a variety of non-profits, think tanks, and other groups on issues such as the environment, education, health care, youth and family services, the arts, and trans-Atlantic ties over the years. She is the Secretary and a founding member of The Climate Reality Action Fund, which was created by former vice president Al Gore.

Since coming to New Jersey almost two decades ago, the Murphys have developed a powerful political operation, gaining the backing of the state's Democratic power brokers as well as national party heavyweights like President Joe Biden, who campaigned for Murphy in May, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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