New Jersey governor bans Mississippi flag from state park because of Confederate emblem

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Fred Anklam Jr., Mississippi Today

The Mississippi state flag flies at the state Capitol.

NJ.COM: When the flags from every state in the union went up in Liberty State Park Friday as part of an annual tradition, one is missing: Mississippi’s.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy ordered that state’s flag not to be raised because of its nod to the Confederacy, NJ Advance Media has learned.

“The Confederate symbol displayed on the Mississippi State flag is reprehensible and does not reflect our values of inclusivity and equality,” Murphy said in a statement.

The Associated Press later reported that Gov. Phil Bryant said in a statement Friday that “I’m disappointed in Gov. Murphy’s actions. As I have repeatedly said, the voters of Mississippi should decide what the state flag is or is not.”

Read the completed article posted on NJ.com here.