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.

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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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