Chris Christie at the Beach, Trump Playing Tennis

Chris Christie had a state beach all to himself this weekend. The New Jersey state legislature failed to agree on a budget, causing a government shutdown on Friday. But that didn't stop Christie and relatives from going to the beach, which was closed. A photographer from the New Jersey Ledger snapped the pix.

Christie is beyond tone-deaf.

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey provoked widespread ridicule as pictures emerged of him and his family sunning themselves on an empty beach that had been closed during the holiday weekend because of a state government shutdown.

Mr. Christie was shown in aerial photographs relaxing in a beach chair on Sunday at the governor’s official retreat in Island Beach State Park. The pictures were taken by The Star-Ledger of New Jersey.

Christie's response to his using the closed beach:

“That’s just the way it goes,” Mr. Christie said. “Run for governor, and you can have a residence.”

The only worse picture this week is this one of Donald Trump (you have too see it in a large size to get the full impact). He should not make fun of another person's appearance ever again.

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    Well, thank God Trump didn't ask (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Anne on Mon Jul 03, 2017 at 05:35:24 PM EST
    Christie to be his VP; I can't be the only one who gets a visual of Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

    Beyond that, though, their personalities are so toxic and obnoxious I just can't even imagine the horror.

    Not that Mike Pence isn't obnoxious, too, in his fundamentalist zealotry and clear disdain for anyone who isn't white and male.

    God, it's like a Presidential Shop of Horrors.

    Are you cooking anything (none / 0) (#3)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Jul 03, 2017 at 09:05:47 PM EST
    special for the 4th? You always seemed to have such fabulous holiday meals.

    Not really...I made a pretty good (none / 0) (#4)
    by Anne on Mon Jul 03, 2017 at 10:15:13 PM EST
    lemon/blueberry cake for our parade picnic on Sunday, which turned out pretty well - but if I make it again, I will tweak it some.

    This year's holiday has been kind of dampened by the news that our daughter's father-in-law has just been diagnosed with a brain tumor that is almost certainly malignant.

    Yeah...daughter called me on Friday to tell me that her husband was on his way to his parents' house, and he and his mother were going to insist that his father go to the ER.  Apparently, he'd been having headaches for about a month, accompanied by intermittent periods of thinking he was smelling something that wasn't there, and then kind of blanking out for a minute or so (I told my daughter that sounded like a seizure, and sure enough, that's exactly what it was).  Their family doctor said he needed to get it checked out as soon as possible.

    He hadn't wanted to go - said, "oh, I'll go next time it happens," and everyone said the next time, it might happen while he was driving, and then what?

    So, he went, they did an initial scan, and there was the mass...he had some more scans over the weekend, and none of them had any better news - if anything, it got worse.

    They were going to operate on Wednesday, but he said he needed some time to process and make some decisions, so he came home on Sunday.  It's not that he couldn't have gotten good care where he was, but we have Hopkins right in our backyard, and they have an entire Brain Tumor Center, so...with the help of someone who had some connections, he was able to get an appointment with a neurosurgeon at Hopkins today, and they've scheduled the surgery for the 14th.

    He's only 60 and the nicest guy - of course, because it's the nice ones that get this kind of diagnosis.

    A lot depends of the stage of the tumor, but if this is glioblastoma as they believe it is, the survival rates are not great.

    Sorry - this probably wasn't the answer you thought you were going to get, but it's why we haven't been feeling too festive...


    So sorry about (none / 0) (#9)
    by Zorba on Tue Jul 04, 2017 at 01:18:58 PM EST
    your daughter's father-in-law.  What an awful thing to have happen!

    It's all feeling a little surreal at this point. (none / 0) (#11)
    by Anne on Tue Jul 04, 2017 at 06:37:44 PM EST
    We saw them this afternoon for a 4th of July cookout, and he was in great spirits - some of that may be the steroids he's taking to shrink the swelling that was causing the headaches and seizures, plus, he's also on an anti-seizure medication.

    It's just a hell of a thing, really.  He's in great hands, though, so we'll just hope for the best, and be there to help in any way we can.  We had a chance to talk about things like an advance directive and an updated Will - he's been making sure all his work-related stuff is in order.  He's fully vested in his retirement, and has about 2 years of leave time banked, so financially, I think they will be fine.  He was planning to retire at the end of this year, so the ball had already kind of gotten rolling in terms of getting those ducks in a row.

    We'll know more what lies ahead after the surgery - all we can do until then is just send some healing energy his way and pray.


    Oh, Anne, so sorry about your (none / 0) (#18)
    by caseyOR on Wed Jul 05, 2017 at 05:45:34 PM EST
    daughter's father-in-law. He is in good hands at Hopkins. Hopefully, things will be less dire than they appear right now.

    I will keep him in my thoughts.


    SO sorry (none / 0) (#17)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Jul 05, 2017 at 02:17:45 PM EST
    to hear this Anne but I'm glad to hear he is in good spirits thus far and will hope for good news. I just had lunch with a Stage 3 lung cancer survivor who is now in remission. So there can be future good news coming even when things look dark. Peace.

    "Fat Shaming" is odious (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by Repack Rider on Tue Jul 04, 2017 at 10:10:35 AM EST
    However, moronic arrogance and cluelessness shaming is not.

    I think that was (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jul 05, 2017 at 08:07:23 AM EST
    Christie auditioning for a role in the Trump administration when he is no longer governor.  And I think it was a total success.

    Does anyone doubt Trump loved this?

    Maybe AG (none / 0) (#15)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jul 05, 2017 at 08:11:35 AM EST
    After Sessions is forced out.  Christie was born to be Trumps AG.

    Social media was made for moments like this (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by ruffian on Thu Jul 06, 2017 at 08:48:29 AM EST
    Take a look at these pictures of Christie and his chair photoshopped into other famous scenes. I love the 'From Here to Eternity' take off.

    Well, isn't he special (none / 0) (#1)
    by Zorba on Mon Jul 03, 2017 at 05:31:28 PM EST
    Bless his heart.

    I wil not forgive you... (none / 0) (#5)
    by desertswine on Tue Jul 04, 2017 at 12:04:44 AM EST
    for that picture of Trump.

    for me (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jul 04, 2017 at 07:41:50 AM EST
    its the visible panty line.  Trump in tighty whities is just a mental image that cannot be removed.

    Your absolute (none / 0) (#10)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Jul 04, 2017 at 06:18:46 PM EST
    talent is finding humor in the bizarre. My late uncle was the same way.

    Ha. (none / 0) (#12)
    by oculus on Tue Jul 04, 2017 at 08:20:13 PM EST
    Trump? Christie? (none / 0) (#6)
    by Erehwon on Tue Jul 04, 2017 at 12:10:35 AM EST
    Is there any difference? Physically, mentally, spiritually, or else?

    very small hands (none / 0) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jul 05, 2017 at 07:50:37 AM EST
    they look photoshopped but im sure they are not.

    this is quite lovely: (none / 0) (#16)
    by leap on Wed Jul 05, 2017 at 09:14:53 AM EST