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Posted: July 05, 2017

WATCH: Banner plane tells Chris Christie to get off New Jersey beach

By Patrick McMahon,


New Jersey residents weren’t amused after Gov. Chris Christie and his family were photographed on a state beach during a recent government shutdown. And while many confined their gripes to the internet, at least one person took his complaints to the heavens.

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According to, a banner plane spotted over the Jersey Shore on Monday bore the message, "Tell Gov. Christie: Get the hell off Island Beach State Park" – a riff on Christie’s famous press conference before Hurricane Irene came ashore in 2011. In that press conference, Christie warned people to evacuate, telling them to “get the hell off the beach.”

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The cheeky banner was met with cheers and applause from onlookers. In a video posted to Facebook by Jersey Shore Hurricane News, beachgoers are audibly applauding the fly-by sign. One man says, “That’s great!”

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The New York Daily News reported that political consultant Joshua Henne paid for the ad.

"The banner speaks for itself," he told the outlet.

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– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.


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Chris Christie

Andrew Mills/AP

Chris Christie

In this Sunday, July 2, 2017, photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, uses the beach with his family and friends at the governor's summer house at Island Beach State Park in New Jersey. (Andrew Mills/NJ Advance Media via AP)

Beach closed to everyone in New Jersey except Chris Christie

Police turned away cars, bicyclists and joggers. 

However, Gov. Chris Christie, his family and guests were waved into Island Beach State Park to spend their Fourth of July weekend while the state government, shutdown because of a budget impasse, has closed state parks, including this one to the public.

“The governor has a residence at Island Beach. Others don’t,” Christie said, the Philadelphia Enquirer reported. “Run for governor and you can have the residence.”

Christie went to the statehouse Sunday in a failed effort to resolve the budget issue. He was expected to return to the beach house by helicopter. 

The state owns a house on the 10-mile barrier island that the governor can use. The six-bedroom house has views of the Atlantic Ocean and a guesthouse facing the bay. The home is guarded by state police, who are on duty during the shutdown, according to WKXW.

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie ends impasse, reopens state government

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N.J. Gov. Chris Christie ends impasse, reopens state government

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ended the three-day government shutdown late Monday, signing a $34.7 billion budget, reported.

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The three-day shutdown closed government offices, courts, parks and beaches. It also brought Christie unwanted attention and ridicule when he was photographed lounging on the shoreline he had ordered closed.

“Operations will go back to normal on Wednesday morning, with the opening of state business,” Christie said.

Christie blamed state Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto for the stalemate. However, images of Christie sunbathing with his family at Island Beach Park drew national attention, reported.

The move will allow beaches and parks to open for the Fourth of July holiday, Christie said.

Gov. Chris Christie shuts down N.J. government

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Gov. Chris Christie shuts down N.J. government

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered a government shutdown at midnight Friday after funding for a new state budget failed, reported.

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The shutdown came after last-ditch attempts to reach a compromise between Christie and New Jersey Democrats who control the state legislature failed.

“This order is necessary to maintain the protection, safety and well-being of the people of New Jersey while I attempt to convince the Legislature to send me a fiscally responsible budget that I can sign and reopen New Jersey’s government,” Christie said.

The shutdown is the second in state history and will close government facilities like state parks and motor vehicle service offices, reported. It will not affect organizations like the New Jersey State Police and psychiatric hospitals, and the state lottery will remain in operation.

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