Chris Christie blis­tered over his day at the beach

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

Gov. Chris Christie got blis­tered by the pub­lic Mon­day af­ter he was pho­tographed sun­ning him­self over the Fourth of July week­end on a New Jersey beach that he had closed to ev­ery­one else be­cause of a gov­ern­ment shut­down.

Online, peo­ple mocked the gover­nor as self­ish and ar­ro­gant and cracked jokes about the sight of the heavy­set Christie in a beach chair in san­dals, shorts and a T-shirt. Jokesters soon in­serted the photo into an Oval Of­fice pic­ture and scenes from “Planet of the Apes,” ‘‘From Here to Eter­nity” and ‘‘The So­pra­nos.” Christie de­fended his visit to the shore, say­ing he had pre­vi­ously an­nounced his plans to va­ca­tion at the state-owned gover­nor’s beach house and that the me­dia had sim­ply “caught a politi­cian keep­ing his word.”

The deeply un­pop­u­lar Repub­li­can was pho­tographed Sun­day by NJ.com at Is­land Beach State Park. He and his fam­ily had the sun and sand all to them­selves.

“I didn’t get any sun to­day,” Christie told re­porters at a news con­fer­ence later in the day in Tren­ton. Then, when told of the pho­tos, his spokesman told NJ.com that the gover­nor was telling the truth be­cause he was wear­ing a base­ball hat.

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