SEE IT: N.J. Gov’s son makes ‘Circle Game’ sign at inauguration
The son of New Jersey’s new governor is drawing attention over video that shows him making an “OK” hand gesture during his father Phil Murphy’s official swearing in Tuesday.
Gov. Murphy’s eldest son, Josh, a student at Tufts University, was spotted making the “Circle Game” hand gesture at the very end of his father’s oath of office.
In the so-called Circle Game, if a player creates a circle with their thumb and forefinger somewhere below their waist and another player looks at it, that player is punched in the arm by the player that made the gesture.The gesture has stirred up controversy, as some say the hand symbol is also one used by white supremacists.
In the video, the 20-year-old’s gaze wanders throughout his father’s swearing in. He then flashes the controversial symbol with his right hand just before the end of the ceremony when Murphy says, “So help me God.”
20-year-old Josh Murphy appears to make the popular hand gesture called the “Circle Game” during his father Phil Murphy’s swearing-in ceremoy as New Jersey’s new governor, January 18, 2018.
The Matawan Township Police Department came under fire after it posted a picture of an officer flaunting the symbol on Facebook.
The governor’s office has not yet responded to a request for comment.
The younger Murphy is in his senior year at Tufts, where he plays soccer. His listed his dream job as Governor of New Jersey, according to his bio.