NJ Politics Digest: Christie Aghast at Politician Mocking Politician

Phil Murphy (left) and Chris Christie. Governor

Governor-elect Phil Murphy posed for photos next to a cardboard cutout of Gov. Chris Christie sitting on the beach last summer, but not everyone is laughing.

The pictures were taken at a gala hosted by the New Jersey Working Families Alliance, a liberal group that has criticized Christie and used the near life-size cutout as a prop. Murphy told NJ Advance Media that he “couldn’t resist” the opportunity for a photograph next the infamous image of Christie lounging on a state beach closed to the public during a government shutdown.

Christie didn’t find the photo funny. “I think someone’s got to remind him that the campaign is over,” he said of Murphy, according to the Bergen Record.

In more important news, the state Senate is scheduled to vote today on a bill that would give Camden Mayor Dana Redd and perhaps a few other elected officials bigger pensions. The Assembly Appropriations Committee is also scheduled to consider the pension-padding bill for politicians.

Quote of the Day: “I just think it sends a really terrible message to people.” — Gov. Chris Christie on Governor-elect Murphy posing for photos next to a cutout of him lounging on the beach during a government shutdown, (Christie’s infamous day at the beach certainly sent a terrible message to people.)

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NJ Politics Digest: Christie Aghast at Politician Mocking Politician