Beach­gate out­cry ‘hurt’ fam­ily

Penticton Herald - - WORLD -

TREN­TON, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie says pub­lic out­cry over his de­ci­sion to lounge with his fam­ily on a pub­lic beach that was closed dur­ing New Jer­sey’s govern­ment shut­down “up­set his chil­dren more than any­thing else” since he’s been in of­fice.

The two-term Repub­li­can gover­nor made the com­ments Thurs­day night dur­ing his reg­u­lar ra­dio call-in show on 101.5 FM.

Christie was pho­tographed over the Fourth of July week­end by at Is­land Beach State Park, where the state pro­vides a sum­mer home to the gover­nor. Christie or­dered the shut­down of nonessen­tial state govern­ment, in­clud­ing state beaches and parks, amid a bud­get im­passe.

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