Governor Chris Christie may have spent his Sunday lounging on a beach that he closed to the public after a budget battle that led to a government shutdown, but he wants to make sure that you know that he “didn’t get any sun.”
PHOTOS: Christie, family soak up sun on N.J. beach he closed to public https://t.co/ZrisIYZBbc pic.twitter.com/qS56N38By3
– NJ.com (@njdotcom) July 2, 2017
It all began with a feud between Christie, a Republican, and Vincent Prieto, the Democratic speaker of the State Assembly. Christie swore to veto any budget that came across his desk without a provision providing funding for public heath initiatives – like the one that he’s spearheading for addiction treatment – and remained true to his word, failing to submit an approved budget by the June 30 deadline and sending the New Jersey government into shutdown for the second time since Christie has been governor. And the timing couldn’t have been worse for New Jersey residents, who were subsequently shut out of the many state-run parks, beaches, and public spaces just as they were gearing up for the Fourth of July holiday. It didn’t effect Christie, though: the governor decided to decamp with his family to a taxpayer-funded summer house in Island Beach State Park, one of the very beaches he had just shut down for public use.
Christie recently entered his final six-month stretch in office with a shockingly low 15 percent approval rating – his response: “who cares?” – and by all accounts he seems ready to leave office. But that doesn’t mean that he’s given up just yet – after being caught on film enjoying an empty beach with his family, Christie was asked by tongue-in-cheek reporters at a press conference if he got any sun that day. “I didn’t,” he said. “I didn’t get any sun today.” After the story went national, Christie’s spokesman clarified, “He did not get any sun. He had a baseball hat on.”