A beached Chris Christie has turned himself into the dankest meme for this 4th of July season. This “man of the people” was spotted lounging on the beach with his family. No big deal, right? Except Christie ordered state-owned beaches and parks to be closed down resulting from a budget statement. And someone took a snapshot of “tricky” Chris with his family on the state-owned Island Beach State Park less than a day after the mandate.
In all fairness, the beach was technically in the Christie family’s backyard. But it looks like he closed down the beach, just so his family could get some personal rest and relaxation on public property without the intrusive public being present. If you’re going to order the public to stay away from state-owned park and beaches, shouldn’t you be included? Or is Christie above his own laws?
Christie wouldn’t use public property for private gain, would he? I see no bridges, only this beach, folks!
.@AndyMills_NJ gets pics of Christie lounging on a state beach closed to the public during government shutdown https://t.co/FVfC5jkCdQ pic.twitter.com/kO1tDjOYM1
— Chris Megerian (@ChrisMegerian) July 2, 2017
When Christie was questioned about whether he got any sun on Sunday, he straight up said refused any sun-to-skin contact.
“I didn’t,” said Christie. “I didn’t get any sun today.”
But then when that photo surfaced, the governor’s spokesperson Brian Murray provided some damage control to the shady situation. “Yes, the governor was on the beach briefly today talking to his wife and family before heading into the office.”
“He did not get any sun,” Murray added. “He had a baseball hat on.”
Meh, politicians have done worse. At least, #Beachgate inspired some really dank memes from the fine folks on the internet…
Sure, @ChrisChristie. Let's shut down NJ during one of the busiest tourist weekends. Thanks from all of us at the Shore. #njshutdown pic.twitter.com/FSi3KzsXNG
— Brigid Fitch (@Brigid_Fitch) July 1, 2017
Remember when Christie had inspirations to become president…
— darth™ (@darth) July 3, 2017
Oh, wait. Now, I see the bridge!
Time for some traffic problems! #NewJersey #ChrisChristie pic.twitter.com/30TiS9G9Xo
— JeremyNewberger (@jeremynewberger) July 3, 2017
Christie and his cabinet…
Jersey Shore cast circa 2017 #ChrisChristie pic.twitter.com/2fA0fq1Pfx
— Brandon (@brandojerg) July 3, 2017
This is just classic…
Chris Christie: From Here to Eternity pic.twitter.com/Rxf6uZhjLW
— Nell Scovell (@NellSco) July 3, 2017
When JFK meets KFC…
Life is like a box of Christie’s…
Life is like a few too many boxes of chocolate. #beachgate #chrischristie pic.twitter.com/bzLUdOrWVb
— Russ Alberts (@yournameisruss) July 3, 2017
What a bad burn…
This would be a bad picture if Chris Christie hadn't closed the beach to everyone else and lied about getting some sun. pic.twitter.com/sViTpjshJi
— Sam Roberts (@notsam) July 3, 2017
Christie is going to need some serious sunblock after all that.