Plane To Christie: ‘Get The Hell Off The Beach’

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A plane was spotted flying over the Jersey Shore Monday with a simple message to New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Video of the plane was posted to Twitter by the Jersey Shore Hurricane News. The banner is in response to Christie’s Sunday visit to Island Beach State Park, which was closed to the public due to a government shutdown.

Christie and his family visited the governor’s summer house, located at the state-owned Island Beach State Park. The governor’s visit surprised observers due to the fact he had just ordered that all state parks and beaches close as a result of an ongoing funding dispute.

The governor defended his use of the beach, saying that he promised his family that no matter what they would visit that beach over the holiday weekend. Christie blasted the local paper of record for making the beach-visit its front page story.

“What a great bit of journalism by The Star-Ledger,” Christie said Monday. “They actually caught a politician being where he said he was going to be with the people he said he was going to be with: his wife and children and their friends. I’m sure they will get a Pulitzer for this one.”

The weekend beach visit comes as the embattled governor winds down his second and final term in office. Christie, who was once a national Republican party superstar, holds the unwelcome title of having the nation’s lowest approval rating among all governors at 15 percent.

Christie ordered the government shut down Friday after the State Assembly failed to pass the budget before a July 1 deadline. The legislators are battling over reforms to the state’s largest health care insurance provider.

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