Christie defends use of beach closed to public amid shutdown

PoliticsAssociated Press

Gov. Chris Christie got blistered online Monday after he was photographed sunning himself on a New Jersey beach that he had closed to the public over the Fourth of July weekend because of a government shutdown.

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Christie defended his use of the beach, saying he had previously announced his vacation plans and the media had simply "caught a politician keeping his word."

The Republican was photographed Sunday by NJ.com at Island Beach State Park lounging in a beach chair in sandals, shorts and a T-shirt. He and his family had the sun and sand to themselves.

"I didn't get any sun today," Christie told reporters at a news conference later in the day in Trenton. Then, when told of the photos, his spokesman told NJ.com that what the governor said was true because Christie was wearing a baseball hat.