A plane flying over the New Jersey shore on Monday had some pointed advice for the Gov. Chris Christie: “Get the hell off Island Beach State Park.”
Beachgoers cheer as banner plane telling Gov. Christie to “get the hell of the beach” passes by. pic.twitter.com/7D4qXGqGRX
— JSHN (@JSHurricaneNews) July 3, 2017
The large banner flying over the Jersey Shore is a direct response to Christie Fourth of July visit to Island State Beach State Park, one of the parks Christie ordered shut down because of the state’s government shutdown.
Despite his order, recently released photos show Christie and his family enjoying time on the beach, signaling that the governor – among the most popular in the country – simply doesn’t care anymore.
— Brian Cassella (@briancassella) July 2, 2017
Not only are the people of New Jersey outraged by Christie’s beach day, but even his lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno, is baffled by his visit to the closed park.
“If I were governor, I sure wouldn’t be sitting on the beach if taxpayers didn’t have access to state beaches,” she said. “It’s beyond words.”
Of course, Guadagno isn’t only Christie’s lieutenant governor; she’s also in a campaign to succeed him, so she’s not exactly showing courage by speaking out against Christie – she’s simply making the politically wise decision.
In any case, “beachgate” is an appropriate bookend for Christie’s career in politics as he prepares to leave office.
From one-time presidential front-runner to a disgraced – soon-to-be former – governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie sure has come a long way.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.