New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in deep water after a photo was posted over the weekend that showed him enjoying a beach day in a state park that was closed due to a budget standoff.
The shutdown, which was largely caused by Christie’s refusal to give in on any budget demands, saw the closure of all state-operated public peaches and parks, and much more.
However, over the weekend, an aerial photo showed Christie and his family enjoying a vacation on one of the beaches that was closed due to the shutdown.
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Conservative Tribune reports:
Christie, no stranger to politically-damaging scandals, was spotted and photographed at the Island Beach State Park enjoying the sand, sun and surf on the beach in front of the governor’s official beach residence. This sparked waves of criticism regarding the tone deaf appearance of political elitism by Christie relaxing on the beach while the public was forced to rearrange their weekend plans.
It was “beyond words” in the opinion of Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno., potential successor to Christie’s position, who further stated Monday, “If I were governor, I sure wouldn’t be sitting on the beach if taxpayers didn’t have access to state beaches.”
“We need to end the shutdown now. It’s hurting small businesses and ordinary New Jerseyans,” added Guadagno. “Instead of political games, Gov. Christie, Speaker (Vincent) Prieto and Senate President (Stephen) Sweeney should pass a budget that delivers property tax relief and puts taxpayers first.”
Christie defended himself on Sunday, saying that he was simply spending time with his family.
“That’s where my family is sleeping so that’s where I’ll sleep. When I have a choice between sleeping with my family or sleeping alone, I generally like to sleep where my family is,” he stated at a news conference Sunday.
By Monday, Christie bitterly told reporters to run for governor if they didn’t like it.
“That’s the way it goes. Run for governor, and you can have the residence.”
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