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California Gov. Gavin Newsom roasted over video promoting state’s ‘record’ tourism: ‘Smoke and mirrors’

California Governor Gavin Newsom is at his wit’s end – at least when it comes to a new video he posted touting the state’s “record-breaking tourist numbers.”

In the video, Newsom appears to be floating in the air above the Golden Gate Bridge, leading to speculation online that Newsom is actually Spider-Man. Others were quick to point out the many problems plaguing California, including crime, homelessness and rising prices.

“So here I am, atop the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, a testament to America’s greatness…California’s greatness, and we couldn’t be more proud,” Newsom said at the beginning of the video. he said.

He added: “More than $150 billion is spent on tourism, which is unprecedented in the history of our state. If you haven’t, now is the time to visit California.”

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Critics quickly took note of X and shared their reactions to the governor’s video.

“Is Governor @CA Spider-Man too?” one person asked.

“Are you saying millions of illegal aliens are invading California tourism?” one user wrote.

Another user wrote: “Strange way to celebrate inflation, but any buds?”

Another comment read: “Meanwhile, California’s occupancy rate just hit an all-time low. People can’t leave California fast enough.”

Another user commented: “Having thousands of illegal aliens crossing the border is not considered ‘tourism’…”

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Gov. Gavin Newsom posted a video to the X atop the Golden Gate Bridge, declaring that there will be unprecedented “record-breaking tourist numbers” in 2023. (DeAgostini/Getty Images/X @GavinNewsom)

On Sunday, Newsom’s office said California continues to hold the largest market share of the nation’s tourism market, with travel spending in the state reaching an all-time high of $150.4 billion last year, an all-time high. The company announced new data showing that it has surpassed the previous $144.9 billion. Spent in 2019.

“From its world-famous coastline, to the world’s tallest trees, to its iconic cities and theme parks, California is the nation’s next attraction. Tourists from all over the world come to experience the wonders of the Golden State. “Customers are coming here, stimulating the economy, and creating good-paying jobs for years to come,” Newsom said.

California Senate Minority Leader Brian Jones disagreed with Newsom’s calculations.

“Newsom has touted a record $150.4 billion in tourism spending in 2023, likely higher than the $144.9 billion in 2019 before the pandemic. To beat that number, tourism spending would have to be a staggering $173 billion,” Jones told FOX News Digital.

“Of course, everything is more expensive in California thanks to ‘Gabinomics,’ and of course his statistics don’t take that into account. It’s smoke and mirrors as usual with this governor. Deceptive. Instead of chasing headlines with statistics, the governor should take the time to actually solve California and its multiple crises, including homelessness, affordability, and crime. ” — California Senate Minority Leader Brian Jones

Jones said “gabinomics” is making everything more expensive in California.

“It’s smoke and mirrors as usual with this governor. Instead of chasing headlines with deceptive statistics, he takes the time to actually solve California and its multiple crises, including homelessness, affordability, and crime.” ,” Jones said.

James Gallagher, the California Republican leader, echoed similar sentiments.

“These numbers are as bogus as Gavin’s baseball career. When you factor in inflation (as any normal person should), tourism has declined by 14% under his watch. Crime and homelessness have become California’s brand, and no matter how much Newsom tries to twist it, that’s not going to change.”Change that,” Gallagher told FOX News Digital in a statement.

Visit California CEO Caroline Betata said the state’s new data shows California’s tourism industry is back where it belongs, setting records and supporting travel as the foundation of the state’s economy. It said it serves the workers, business owners and all Californians who depend on the industry.

“This industry has once again proven its ability to bounce back from any challenge, whether economic or environmental. California remains the largest, most diverse, and most resilient tourism economy in the United States.” continues to be,” Betata said.

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Newsom at the NASA Research Center in California

Gov. Gavin Newsom said California is seeing record numbers of tourists as it faces many problems, including rampant crime and homelessness. (Teyfan Coskun)

The new travel spending record will bring in $12.7 billion in state and local tax revenue from travelers in 2023, a 3% increase over 2019, according to Visit California. However, tourist spending in the Bay Area in 2023 was $37.7 billion, down slightly from $39 billion. Spent in 2019.

“It would be great if the governor put as much energy into improving California as he does using misleading statistics to win for himself. Then maybe we could actually break the record.” Mr Gallagher added.

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Governor Gavin Newsom speaking at an event

Gov. Gavin Newsom was accused of touting tourist numbers that didn’t take inflation into account. (California Governor Gavin Newsom YouTube Channel)

According to state statistics, tourism created 64,900 new jobs in 2023, bringing the industry’s total employment to 1,155,000.

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Newsom said more people are not only visiting California, but also moving to California, and the state’s population is increasing for the first time since the pandemic.

Fox News Digital reached out to Newsom’s office for comment, but has not yet received a response.

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