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Christie Airs ‘Meme’ Pain, Assesses Trump’s Latest Twitter Storm

On monthly radio show, governor says viral spread of ‘Beachgate’ photos hurt his family

Ever wonder what it would feel like to be an Internet meme? Well, New Jersey’s top executive knows all too well and he doesn’t like it:

“That incident was the most hurtful incident to my children in the eight years,” Gov. Chris Christie said during his monthly radio show.

If you haven’t been on social media since early in July, the governor is referring to pictures of him, his family, and their friends relaxing at Island Beach State Park — while it was closed to the public due to the stalled budget talks. The shot of Christie wearing shorts and leaning back in a beach chair was Photoshopped into hundreds if not thousands of other scenes.

“When they saw the criticism they blamed themselves. They came to me and said it was our fault, we should’ve just come to you and told you that we would just tell our friends to go away. And I told them ‘no’ this was my decision.”

The governor also took the opportunity to defend or at least minimize some of President Donald Trump’s recent actions.

On the president bashing Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “Listen, it wouldn’t be my style to do that. I don’t think I’ve ever done that with a cabinet member, but this is the president,” he said. “The president is unhappy, disappointed I think is his word, with the attorney general and he’s letting everybody know it. The reaction is interesting because I can understand why some people object to what he’s doing. But I also find it interesting because people always say they want to know what we’re really thinking all the time, ‘Oh, politicians always give us political speak and they don’t really say exactly what they mean.’ Well, they certainly can’t say this about this guy.”

On this series of “out of the blue” tweets from the president on transgender people in the military:

“What I’ll say about that is that, as you know, I signed a couple of bills last week regarding protecting the rights of folks who are transgender, and so I think my actions speak louder than any words I could add,” he said.

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