New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is getting skewered by thousands of American citizens after pictures have been released of him lounging on a beach with his friends and family. No big deal, huh? Well, Christie was spotted on the state-owned Island Beach State Park less than one day after ordering state parks and beaches to close as a result of a budget stalemate. He and his party were the only ones on the entire beach. Just awful optics, especially for someone whose been accused of closing down public property for personal gain.
NY Times– It was taken early Sunday afternoon before the governor headed to Trenton to hold another news conference about the shutdown. He didn’t do himself any favors by blatantly lying after he was asked if he got any sun on Sunday.
“I didn’t,” he said. “I didn’t get any sun today.”
When later told of the photo, Brian Murray, the governor’s spokesman, said: “Yes, the governor was on the beach briefly today talking to his wife and family before heading into the office.”
“He did not get any sun,” Murray added. “He had a baseball hat on.”
As you can probably imagine, the general public wasn’t too pleased with Christie and the memes that followed are absolute gold.
This would be a bad picture if Chris Christie hadn’t closed the beach to everyone else and lied about getting some sun. pic.twitter.com/sViTpjshJi
— Sam Roberts (@notsam) July 3, 2017
Sure, @ChrisChristie. Let’s shut down NJ during one of the busiest tourist weekends. Thanks from all of us at the Shore. #njshutdown pic.twitter.com/FSi3KzsXNG
— Brigid Fitch (@Brigid_Fitch) July 1, 2017
— darth:™ (@darth) July 3, 2017
Time for some traffic problems! #NewJersey #ChrisChristie pic.twitter.com/30TiS9G9Xo
— Jeremy Nothingberger (@jeremynewberger) July 3, 2017
Jersey Shore cast circa 2017 #ChrisChristie pic.twitter.com/2fA0fq1Pfx
— brandon® (@brandojerg) July 3, 2017
Chris Christie: From Here to Eternity pic.twitter.com/Rxf6uZhjLW
— Nell Scovell (@NellSco) July 3, 2017