Chris Christie made headlines yesterday, with pictures of him and his family enjoying a deserted Jersey Shore beach going viral all over the internet.
As it turned out, Christie staged a forced evacuation of the beach, refusing to let his family mingle with any other Jersey shore beach goers.
Then, at least 6 families came forward to the media and said they were kicked out of the beach cottages that they owned/rented for the summer, just so Christie can soak up some sun. They were told by police that they would be arrested if they didn’t leave by midnight.
The Daily Mail reports:
‘They’re good guys,’ Howard told NJ.com. ‘They were just doing their job. But they said if we weren’t gone by midnight, we’d be arrested.’
The Heights along with the five other families, received calls saying the park might close but lease holders could come in, on Friday.
However, they were still forced to leave. So the families packed their bags and left their properties.
Christie closed down all non-essential state functions – including Island Beach State Park – while the Senate struggled through the $34.7 billion budget standoff.
But that didn’t stop him from brazenly using the empty sands of the park, which houses the governor’s summer mansion – or flying there in a taxpayer-funded helicopter.
The governor was seen lounging in the sun as his family frolicked in the sea while citizens approaching the park were turned away.
When confronted by the photos of himself on the beach, taken by NJ Advance Media for the Star-Ledger, Christie tried to dismiss the reports, sarcastically calling it ‘great bit of journalism’.
Christie is already an unpopular governor, saving himself only when he stopped a 3-day shutdown in his state.
Let’s see what this new fiasco has in store for his approval ratings!