All state-run parks and beaches in New Jersey have been closed to public thanks to government deadlock over the budget, ruining people’s Fourth of July plans and forcing them to reconfigure vacation plans for the long weekend.
However, even though thousands of vacationers were turned away from the shore and the state administration kicked out a Cub Scout Pack with 25 kids from a state park, there was one family whose weekend plans to lounge on a beach and soak up some sun were not affected at all.
That would be New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his family.
Less than a day after Christie made all 50 historical and outdoor recreational sites in New Jersey inaccessible to public amid the state budget standoff, he and his family headed to the Island Beach State Park, where his state residence is located, and enjoyed the empty beach.
As if that was not outrageous enough, Christie also used a State Police helicopter to go to the beach — two days in a row.
Luckily, NJ.com decided to fly their drone over the beach and captured the images showing the governor lying on a beach chair and playing games as his family lounged around him.
Then, he also had the guts to lie about it.
At a news conference, a reported asked Christie he got any sun on Sunday.
The governor, who apparently did not about the pictures, responded: “I didn't get any sun today.”
When told of the photo, Christie’s spokesperson Brian Murray acknowledged the visit.
“Yes, the governor was on the beach briefly today talking to his wife and family before heading into the office,” he said. “He did not get any sun. He had a baseball hat on.”
Christie later told reporters Saturday the state’s summer beach house is separate from the park. He also said his family “will not ask for any state services.”
“That’s where my family is sleeping, so that’s where I’ll sleep tonight,” Christie explained. “When I have a choice between sleeping with my family and sleeping alone, I generally like to sleep where my family is.”
He also added, “Run for governor, and you can have a residence there.”
Social media users had a lot to say about the whole episode.
TFW you're sure no one saw you sneak off to the beach & you start to think maybe things are looking up for old Chris Christie after all pic.twitter.com/AL3cmiGJKa— PAPPADEMAS (@PAPPADEMAS) July 2, 2017
Chris Christie's probably like whatever, they already know I close public property for personal gain.— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 2, 2017
So did Chris Christie close the parks because of the budget, or did he just want a private beach for the holiday weekend? Serious question.— Girls Really Rule. (@girlsreallyrule) July 2, 2017
can we just close off that one beach permenantly with Chris Christie trapped inside— Ruth Masters (@ruththemaster) July 3, 2017
Everybody's talking about Chris Christie but nobody's asking if the beach is alright.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) July 3, 2017
In all fairness, did we really want to see Chris Christie on a beach? 😱— Lara (@LarainLA) July 3, 2017
Chris Christie's beach vs. everybody else's beach. Perfect metaphor. pic.twitter.com/jnEDijoN8c— Yes We Can Columbus (@YesWeCanCbus) July 3, 2017
In these divided times, it's nice to be reminded that we can all come together and hate Chris Christie equally. #Merica— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) July 2, 2017
Has anybody put up a gofundme for the horrible crimes Chris Christie committed against that beach chair? Poor thing.— Stephanie Marini (@badgertastical) July 3, 2017
Thumbnail Credits: Reuters