Sometimes pictures are worth a thousand words — and New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie sprawled out in a beach chair while others are barred from state beaches because of fiscal problems is one those pictures.
A statewide government shutdown early Friday morning caused the public closure of Island Beach State Park, a popular vacation spot, especially during 4th of July weekend. But, according to Philly.com, as local police reportedly turned away "cars, bicyclists and joggers" on Saturday, Christie and his family frolicked in the sand.
Many beach-going hopefuls were disappointed about being barred from the public space while the governor and his family were granted access. But despite criticism, Christie has no plans to stay away from Island Beach. In fact, he'll be returning there in a helicopter. Christie told reporters during a Sunday press conference that he would be going back to join his family. "That's where my family is sleeping, so that's where I'll sleep tonight," he said.
And that little thing about people being upset with him? He doesn't really seem to care. When asked by reporters why he could have access to the park while others couldn't, he responded, "That's just the way it goes." He went on to add, "The governor has a residence at Island Beach. Others don't. Run for governor and you can have the residence." Philly affirms that the state of New Jersey does own a residence at the beach that the governor is permitted to use.
For more on Gov. Christie, the following article appeared in CMC Digest (www.cmcdigest.com) on April 11, 2017. You can add the photo above to that list.
GOODBYE, GOV. CHRISTIE
In the waning days of Chris Christie's second term in office, certain images of the New Jersey governor stand out in my mind. Among them are the following:
- A grinning Chris Christie hugging Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, when they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles football team. Christie's neighbors on the other side of the Ben Franklin Bridge were not happy.
- At town hall meetings throughout New Jersey, Christie's snarky and often nasty replies to questions from citizens who pay his salary — and probably the debt he incurred when campaigning for the office of president of the United states, estimated to be about $600,000.
- Christie's vehement denials that he knew anything about the lane closures and traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge, for which two of the young people in his administration were convicted and sent to prison.
- Christie wearing a baseball uniform (see above).
- The political use of funds provided by the federal government for relief of New Jersey residents and towns devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
- Christie's goofy, dazed look as he stood next to Donald Trump during the presidential campaign.
Now that President Trump has selected Christie for a leadership role in fighting the opioid crisis in America, I would like to join with others in the Philadelphia area and New Jersey in telling Chris Christie, "Don't let the door hit you in the whatsis on the way out!"
Beau Weisman, Editor