Ever wish you could vacation on your own private island? New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may have some pointers for you. Christie was caught by the media yesterday vacationing on an island state park that he himself shut down. Apparently, the rest of New Jersey is not allowed to use this “closed” beach, but Christie and his family and friends can lay out there all weekend long if they choose.
Just 24 hours prior to being caught on camera enjoying the ten-mile-long island park in complete privacy, Christie ordered it shuttered along with all other N.J. state parks and beaches as a result of a government shutdown due to a budget stalemate in the legislature. Christie left for the beach immediately after announcing its closure, joining friends and family who had already arrived to celebrate the 4th of July holiday. All other New Jersey citizens attempting to enjoy the park are being turned at the entrance by state police.
How nice for Governor Christie and his family.
After Christie was spotted and photographed by the Star-Ledger on Sunday, he mocked the media’s coverage of him, stating:
What a great bit of journalism by the Star-Ledger. They actually caught a politician being where he said he was going to be with the people he said he was going to be with — his wife and his children and their friends..I’m sure they’re going to get a Pulitzer for this, they caught me.
According to Christie, he has a special right to be in the closed park as Governor, even as the people who voted for him are turned away:
That’s because the governor has a residence at Island Beach. Others don’t. It’s just the way it goes. Run for governor and then you can have the residence.
Very empathetic, Governor Christie. You really are a man of the people, aren’t you? Not that any New Jersey voter in their right mind wanted to hang out on the beach with you anyway. It seems clear that stunts like this are a big part of the reason your approval rating is only 15 percent.