June 13, 2020
MIDDLETOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)—The Reopen New Jersey, “March For Unity, Peace & Prosperity” was held today at Bodman Park then marched to Governor Phil Murphy’s residence about 2/3 of a mile away.
A crowd of a couple hundred gathered at the park and listened to several speakers that included business owners, gym owners, clergy and politicians stressing the importance to reopen businesses in NJ. Speakers also complained of Phil Murphy violating his own executive orders after attending protests last week, while Reopen NJ protesters received summonses for organizing similar protests. After about an hour of speakers the crowd decided to start marching towards the Murphy residence.
The route along Market Street, Navesink River Road and Blossom Cove Road was well patrolled by the professional staff of the Middletown Township Police Department who stopped traffic and set cones along the route to protect the marchers from traffic. Protesters thanked the police for their service during the march to and from the Murphy home.
Protesters gathered in front of the well-manicured landscape and security gate and protested for over an hour. During the protest Middletown Police asked the protesters to make way for a car with NY plates with a Murphy bumper sticker going into the Murphy compound and two other vehicles believed to be driven by Phil Murphy’s sons. The one Murphy son leaving seemed to be startled by the amount of protesters that he drove up and onto the cobblestone curb of the front landscaping before speeding off toward Navisink River Road.
The affluent neighborhood is well known to past and present celebrities living in the area such as Jon Bon Jovi, Debbie Harry, Geraldo Rivera, Jon Stewart and more.
According to the Monmouth County Clerk Open Public Records Search System (OPRS), the swanky property in the upper crust neighborhood of 45 Blossom Cove Road is owned by Philip and Tammy Murphy. The lavish property is currently assessed at a mere $9,728,100.00 and contains 14,920 square feet of livable space. From satellite views it features an approximately 225-foot private dock on the Navasink River, private tennis courts, gardens, what appears to be a soccer field, pool, pool house, gazebo and more. The Murphy’s pay three times the median home income in NJ in property taxes alone, current taxes on the property are $209,225 the median yearly average income in New Jersey pales in comparison at only $72,062.
Coming in at just shy of 15k square feet a property of such size must create a large carbon footprint, much more than the average home in NJ. From satellite views there does not seem to be any renewable energy sources on the Murphy property such as solar panels, windmills or the like. The property does not seem to be a champion for the environment.
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