NJ Politics Digest: It’s Been a Year Since Beachgate, and Gov. Murphy Remembered

It was probably not the national exposure Chris Christie had been dreaming of.

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Alex Wong/Getty Images

It was probably not the national exposure Chris Christie had been dreaming of. But when a photographer from The Star-Ledger shot an arieal photo of the then-governor and failed presidential candidate sprawled in a beach chair on Island Beach State Park—a park he had closed to everyone else in the state during a government shutdown—it spawned an avalanche of memes featuring the state’s historically unpopular governor.

Gov. Phil Murphy hasn’t forgotten.

And while the Democrat didn’t win the most recent budget fight with his party-mates in the legislature, he came out of the confrontation in a lot better shape than Christie did last year. So Murphy took the time to gloat and to take a dig at Christie—who last week had taken to Twitter to slam Murphy in an observation that was ostensibly about Germany’s loss in the World Cup soccer tournament.

In his Tweet on Sunday, Murphy noted: “A year ago, government shut down and beaches were closed (for most of us, anyway…).”

And while the governor didn’t include the now-infamous photo of Christie and his beach chair, there was no need. The image is already a part of the state’s pop culture landscape.

Quote of the Day: “I am ecstatic.” — Senate President Steve Sweeney, talking about the state budget deal that includes his effort to revamp school funding.

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How the New Jersey Budget Deal Will Affect South Jersey
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Ecstatic Sweeney Wrests Changes in School Funding
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Six-Figure Ad Pushes Lance to Reunite Families
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Dem Smacks Hugin on All-Male Intern Crew
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Trump Taj Employees Get Settlement Checks
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Phil Murphy: With New Budget, Era of a Stronger and Fairer NJ Is Beginning
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Phil Murphy Marks the Anniversary of Chris Christie’s Famous Trip to the Beach
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NJ Politics Digest: It’s Been a Year Since Beachgate, and Gov. Murphy Remembered