Chris Christie Hits a Closed State Beach, and Kicks Up a Fury
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey incited far reaching scorn as pictures risen of him and his family sunning themselves on a vacant shoreline that had been shut amid the occasion end of the week as a result of a state government shutdown.
Mr. Christie was appeared in flying photos unwinding in a shoreline seat on Sunday at the representative’s authentic withdraw in Island Beach State Park. The photos were taken by The Star-Ledger of New Jersey.
Mr. Christie gave a ho-murmur reaction when addressed by columnists Saturday about setting off to the beachside withdraw at such a politically delicate time, as a spending standoff constrained the shutdown of the state government.
“That is recently the way it goes,” Mr. Christie said. “Keep running for senator, and you can have a habitation.”
His trip came as the state stop police were dismissing families who touched base at the shoreline’s fundamental entryway planning to spend the day by the sea.
The pictures of the governor lounging in the sand with his wife, Mary Pat, and other family members prompted a torrent of criticism and mockery on social media.
Even a Twitter account that satirizes the Chinese government’s propaganda efforts got into the act.
After leaving the beach, Mr. Christie held a news conference in Trenton, where he was asked whether he had gotten some sun that day.
“I didn’t,” he said, according to The Star-Ledger. “I didn’t get any sun today.”
But his spokesman, Brian Murray, recalibrated after being told of the existence of the photos, saying, “The governor was on the beach briefly.”
“He did not get any sun,” Mr. Murray added, according to The Star-Ledger. “He had a baseball hat on.”
One person called the pictures “grotesque.”