NJ Politician Condemns Governor’s “Sophomoric” Use of the Word ‘Knucklehead’

“Knucklehead” is a great tune by the late jazz saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr.

It’s also a word appearing on New Jersey billboards, telling people to keep a safe distance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is not okay, according to NJ state senator Joe Pennacchio, who has CONDEMNED the vile language in a statement reading as such:

“I strongly condemn the flippant language the Governor has used in press conferences and on these signs. It is disrespectful to the citizens of New Jersey who have – and will continue to – make hard sacrifices to stop the spread of the coronavirus and save lives.

“The sophomoric language is unbecoming of the Governor, and certainly not fair to the people of New Jersey. Webster defines a knucklehead as a ‘stupid person.’ Is that what you think of sacrificing New Jersey citizens? Really?”

If I had to go out on a limb here, I’d say Phil Murphy is not referring to law-abiding, conscientious citizens as ‘stupid’ persons. He’s saying to not be a stupid person and follow the guidelines so that we all get through this pandemic sooner rather than later.

This really is some next-level pearl-clutching. On the spectrum of offensive words, “knucklehead” is akin to nasty terms like “scallywag,” “nincompoop,” and “dumb dumb.” These are not offensive terms.

Now, if New Jersey billboards said, “don’t be a fuck face, keep a safe social distance,” then Senator Joe Pennacchio would certainly have a case.


16 Responses

  1. What has happened to the Republican Party?

    Seriously Joe? Names are painful for you? Do you get upset when the president calls people names or are you just having a little selective outrage?

    Get over yourself. By the way – who are you?

    The right has become the left.

    1. Republicans are snowflakes. Can’t handle it when someone says something they don’t agree with.

      1. Its wasn’t republicans crying when your stroke victim hillary clinton gave her concession speech in 2016
        you fucking teabagger.

        1. unless you are coming out against a democrat…where’s all the Hollywood stars with their Free Tara T-shirts? Where are the front page headlines? Where are the interviews with all of the people who worked in the Senate back then…..why aren’t Jimmy Kimmel, John Oliver, and Trevor Noah doing jokes about Biden’s libido? No SNL skits?

          1. Why are Republicans still whining?

            All you have to do is deny and it should go away – remember Trump?

            Works both ways. Good lord. Hypocrites calling people hypocrites.

  2. Don’t really care that he used the word. I do care about the double standards though. God forbid the president or a politician with an R after their name did this, the media would be out to tar and feather them.

  3. NJ is filled with ignorant ,other fuckers who could give 2 shits about anyone buy themselves.

    Why do you think they have worse corona virus spread on the FUCKING WORLD….other than
    that bastion of humanity NEWYORK?

    fucking scumbags pure and Simple.

  4. Jesus, was this guy in office when Chris Christie was Governor?

    What a whining vagina.

  5. These comments are so disrespectful to anyone that has a knuckle for a head.

    My new newsletter has a 4000 word epic on a non binary immigrant from Guatemala that is toiling as an aide to a nurses aid. They are going to single handedly save this city if only we could chip in for housing, healthcare, education, $35,000 for sex change surgery and of course food and child care.

  6. Nah, it’s disrespectful and it shouldn’t be coming from the government about its citizens. There is a big difference between being at a party and a buddy saying you “Hey you knucklehead” and being in a grocery store and a stranger saying to you “Hey you knucklehead”.

  7. if the intent was to get people’s attention, then Murphy did a great job. Being a knucklehead doesn’t distinguish between party lines. Just take a look at some of the photos of folks over in Jersey 5 minutes after they opened one of their beaches…. basically, the definition of knuckleheads….and I would know…..

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