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Christie says outcry over his family’s NJ beach visit during government shutdown ‘hurt’ his family

Gov. Chis Christie faced heavy criticism for his use of a beach during the government shutdown in New Jersey. (Jarret DiGiantomasso)

TRENTON, N.J.  — Gov. Chris Christie says public outcry over his decision to lounge with his family on a public beach that was closed during New Jersey’s government shutdown “upset his children more than anything else” since he’s been in office.

The two-term Republican governor made the comments Thursday night during his regular radio call-in show on 101.5 FM.

Christie was photographed over the Fourth of July weekend by NJ.com at Island Beach State Park, where the state provides a summer home to the governor. Christie ordered the shutdown of nonessential state government, including state beaches and parks, amid a budget impasse.

He said during Thursday’s radio show that his family was hurt by the backlash and “they don’t understand people’s unfairness and, quite frankly, their ignorance.”

During the shutdown, Christie defended his use of the state property while the public was kept out of state parks.

“That’s the way it goes,” he said during the shutdown. “Run for governor, and you can have the residence.”