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Chris Christie Relaxes On Beach He Closed To Public (Photos)

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ignored his own ruling and was caught using a beach that had been closed to the public as a result of New Jersey's government shutdown.

Christie ordered the shutdown when state legislators failed to pass a budget by July 1, according to NJ Advanced Media. Consequently, all state-run parks, beaches, forests, camping sites and recreational areas are closed.

That includes Island Beach State Park, where Christie was photographed with his family on July 2.

The aerial images clearly show Christie, his wife, Mary Pat, and seven or eight others lounging and sunbathing on the empty beach.

At a press conference later that afternoon, Christie was asked whether he got any sun.

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"I didn't," he replied, according to NJ Advanced Media. "I didn't get any sun today."

Later, after being told of the photographic evidence, Christie's spokesman, Brian Murray, admitted the governor had been at the beach.

"Yes, the governor was on the beach briefly today talking to his wife and family before heading into the office," he said, adding, "He did not get any sun. He had a baseball hat on."

Christie had previously explained that he would be taking a helicopter to travel back and forth between Island Beach State Park and Trenton, the state's capital city.

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"I traveled there and I traveled back and I'll travel back again," Christie said. "That's where my family is sleeping, so that's where I'll sleep tonight. When I have a choice between sleeping with my family and sleeping alone, I generally like to sleep where my family is."

On July 1, Christie said the beach house where his family is staying is not within the state park. He added that his family would not be using any state services.

"Run for governor and you can have a residence there," he said when asked whether the situation was fair to other New Jersey citizens.

Christie went on to mock NJ Advanced Media, aka The Star-Ledger, for taking and publishing the photos.

"What a great bit of journalism by The Star-Ledger," he told WNYW. "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 am sure they will get a Pulitzer for this one"

He added: "The governor is allowed to go to his residences and I'm at my residences.  I'll tell you this, I said last Monday, a week ago today, that no matter what happens, we were coming here as a family this weekend."

Sources: NJ Advanced Media, WNYW / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Andrew Mills/NJ Advanced Media

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