Monday, July 3, 2017

Christie Appropriates New Jersey Beach for Personal Use

New Jersey’s Island Beach state park was closed on Sunday due to a budget standoff – with the exception of governor Chris Christie, his family and friends.


While others were reportedly turned away by police, New Jersey Advance Media took a picture of Christie with his wife Mary Pat and others on the otherwise deserted public beach.


When later told of the photo, Brian Murray, the governor's spokesman, said: "Yes, the governor was on the beach briefly today talking to his wife and family before heading into the office."
Casual dress day.
Christie, who first disclosed his weekend plans on Monday, said Sunday he was taking the state helicopter to go back and forth between Island Beach State Park and Trenton.

"I traveled there and I traveled back and I'll travel back again," Christie said.


Christie told reporters Saturday that the the beach house is separate from the park and that his family will not ask for any state services. Asked if this is fair, Christie said Saturday: "Run for governor, and you can have a residence there."

The shutdown, only the second in state history, has closed everything from state parks to motor vehicle services offices as the July 4 holiday weekend begins. It does not affect essential services, such as the New Jersey State Police and psychiatric hospitals.

Christie signed the order after [Assembly Speaker Vincent] Prieto blocked a vote on Christie's plan to dip into the reserves of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey to fund addiction treatment.
Christie is a man in the mold of Donald Trump.

Those are some strong beach chairs.

New Jersey protesters should show up in force on the 4th.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

UPDATE:  7/4 - It's worse...
The other Island Beach residents [six families] were ordered out of the homes Friday night under the threat of arrest. They packed up and drove off, right past the governor's summer retreat, its lights ablaze with activity.

The other Island Beach residents pre-date Christie by a half-century. They were grandfathered-in back in 1953 when the state bought the island to make it a park.

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