Photo of Gov. Chris Christie Hanging Out at the Beach Shows a Lack of Decorum (from July 7, 2017 – for The Daily Nerv)

Image via screenshot (knowyourmeme.com)

A few days ago, the weekend before the Fourth of July, Governor Chris Christie and his family had pictures of them released lounging at Island Beach State Park in New Jersey. At first glance, it would appear that the family was just enjoying a little vacation for themselves out in the sun. What could be funny or wrong with that? Right?

Well, the problem is the photo alone does not give the complete story. A picture may say a thousand words, but the words that come to mind may not always give the complete truth.

The picture shows relaxation, but it cannot reveal the lack of decorum that emanates from the truth of why this picture was taken.

It started with Christie issuing a state government shutdown, which apparently was due to a compromise not being reached with Democrats over funding on a new state budget. This shutdown impacted everything state parks and state beaches as well and guess where Christie’s family ended up vacationing. Christie got a bit arrogant in one response to a reporter questioning him on if it was fair for his family to still use the beach. His uncalled for statement was “Run for governor, and you can have a residence there.”

This looks so bad that his own top deputy, Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, thought it to be wildly inappropriate as well. She pointed out that she would not be on a beach if taxpayers were not allowed to use it as well.

One may wonder if this person were a liberal Democrat, then would Christie still think it appropriate of them to use a protected area just because they had the power to do so. It is possible that he just does not care anymore because he is nearing the end of his term in office. One journalist pointed out that Christie’s approval rating is extremely low and he may be one of the most unpopular governors in the country.

Regardless, it possibly reveals another side of Christie: a side that shows a lack of astuteness to what looks good, even politically, with the people who voted him into office. If he ever thought of having a future in politics, then this image will definitely be etched into the memories of people now, especially with the way social media and the internet works today.

Now, the image of Christie sitting on the beach has become a meme and it is not for something that is to be celebrated or for a momentary giggle. It is because a lot of people see the lack of good taste that Christie showed in going to the beach when the rest of New Jersey had to follow an order that he issued.

Originally published on The Daily Nerv – July 7, 2017

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