New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy ordered the flag of Mississippi to be removed from a state park over the Confederation emblem adorning it as the nationwide debate surrounding symbols of Antebellum South rages at Liberty State Park NorthJersey.com reported on an American flag over an over 1,200-acre Jersey City nature reserve overlooking Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, just across the harbor from New York City, NorthJersey.com said.
The park has traditionally flown the flags of all 50 states.
"The Confederate symbol displayed on the state flag of Mississippi is reprehensible and does not reflect our values of inclusiveness and equality," the Democrat of First Choice said in a statement.
DRIVE TO REMOVE CONFEDERED SYMBOLS SPURS BACKLASH
The state flag of Mississippi flies in front of the government or mansion in Jackson, Miss. (Associated Press)
In response, Republican Governor Mississippi Phil Bryant issued a statement on Friday saying he was "disappointed with Governor Murphy's actions." As I have repeatedly said, Mississippi voters should decide what the state flag is or not.
The Mississippi state flag shows the Confederate symbol in the upper left corner and first appeared on the flag in 1894. 2001 Mississippi voters chose to keep the flag.
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Murphy said he made the decision after Senator Sandra Cunningham raised the issue with him flag "symbolizing an era of hate, violence and division, according to the news site . "
Murphy is facing a recall because of its advanced policies and petitioners must collect valid signatures by March 2020 to force a recall election.
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