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Christie: Public Outcry Over Beachgate 'Hurt' Family

"Tell Gov. Christie: Get the hell off Island Beach State Park", read a banner carried by a plane flying up and down the New Jersey coast during the holiday weekend, mocking the time the tough-talking governor told people to "get the hell off the beach" during a hurricane in 2011. Countless memes featuring a Photoshopped cutout of Christie in a beach chair, headlines on global news sites and a full-scale media blitz from Christie's spokesman. "Run for governor, and you can have the residence".

"That incident was, in these eight years, the most hurtful incident to my children in the eight years", Christie said on New Jersey 101.5.

Mr. Christie said he was "surprised" by how upset his children were and said they "blamed themselves" for the mockery.

Christie has said the trip had been planned for months. And nobody cares that the governor is entitled to use the governor's beach house.

News that Christie followed through with his Island Beach State Park vacation as thousands of tourists and residents were turned away led to an outcry that Christie shrugged off.

"I made this decision, but I will tell you that they were more hurt by this latest episode than they've been hurt by anything else that happened in the eight years", Christie said on the air. "I am", he said. And I made this decision.

The two-term Republican governor said on his regular radio call-in show on 101.5 FM Thursday night that his family was hurt by the backlash and "they don't understand people's unfairness and, quite frankly, their ignorance".

During the shutdown, Christie defended his use of the state property while the public was kept out of state parks.



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