FNC's Tucker Carlson presses N.J. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy on why he allowed arrests at religious services to be part of coronavirus quarantine enforcement. Carlson asked Murphy about the arrests of 15 men at the funeral of a rabbi in Ocean County in early April.
"The Bill of Rights, as you well know, protects Americans' rights — enshrines their right to practice their religion as they see fit and to congregate together to assemble peacefully," Carlson said. "By what authority did you nullify the Bill of Rights in issuing this order? How do you have the power to do that?"
"That's above my pay grade, Tucker," the governor responded. "I wasn't thinking of the Bill of Rights when we did this."
"We looked at all the data and the science and it says people have to stay away from each other."
Carlson followed up: "Since you are an elected official, a leader in the government, an executive, how do you have the authority to order something that so clearly contravenes the Bill of Rights of the United States – the U.S. Constitution – where do you get the authority to do that?"
"We know we need to stay away from each other, number one," Murphy said. "Number two, we do have broad authority within the state. And number three, we would never do that without coordinating, discussing, and hashing it out with the variety of the leaders of the faiths of New Jersey."
"We have to find a different way to worship," Murphy said.
"The government’s not allowed to tell people how to worship... You can't just, as the governor of a state, tell people who they can talk to when and where, because the Constitution of the United States – upon which all of this is based – prohibits you from doing that, so you clearly decided that you could do it," Carlson noted.
New Jersey had more than 71,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and 3,156 deaths, more than any other state except New York, as of this interview.