ASBURY PARK, N.J. — New Jersey’s incoming governor says he is “utterly offended” by President Donald Trump’s using a vulgarity to question why the U.S. should accept more immigrants from certain countries.
Democrat Phil Murphy addressed the president’s comments at an unrelated event in Asbury Park. He challenged Trump to read the Emma Lazarus poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty that calls for America to accept “huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
Trump on Thursday rejected a bipartisan immigration deal and questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and Africa. On Friday, he denied using that language.
Murphy takes over from Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday. Christie is a friend and former transition chairman of Trump’s.