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Chris Christie Under Fire After Lounging At Beach He Closed In Shutdown

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was photographed on Sunday lounging with his family on a beach at a state park closed under a government shutdown he ordered on Friday. The pictures, showing Christie in a beach chair wearing a baseball cap, bathing suit, and T-shirt, were taken shortly before Christie flew back to Trenton in a state helicopter to unsuccessfully work on breaking a budget impasse that led to the shutdown. He faced criticism on social media for using Island Beach State Park over the July 4 holiday weekend when state residents could not. Christie, whose family is staying in a beach house provided by the state, replied: “Run for governor, and you can have a residence there.”

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