New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) infamous beach trip has inspired a piece of art. On Tuesday — two days after Christie was spotted Sunday sunbathing with his family at a state beach he'd ordered to be closed down during a budget crisis — two beachgoers at New Jersey's Seaside Heights beach spent hours crafting an impressively lifelike sand sculpture of the governor lounging in his beach chair flanked by a shark. The massive sculpture was adorned with the words, "Beach closed" and "I love New Jersey":
The sand sculpture was one of many ways New Jerseyans expressed their outrage over their governor's decision to go to the beach when his taxpaying constituents couldn't. The particular swath of beach Christie was enjoying outside of his official governor's residence was part of a state park affected by the government shutdown, which was caused by the administration's failure to agree on a budget before the July 1 deadline.
The budget was finally signed late Monday, re-opening the state-run beaches just in time for July 4th. Many of Christie's budget demands, which had largely held up the budget, were not met.
Christie, whose approval rating was at 15 percent even before the beach debacle, has refused to apologize for his beach day, which he said was planned a month ago. "That's just the way it goes," Christie said. "Run for governor, and you can have a residence."