Remember those terrifying “government shut down” things you’ve heard on the news—threatening the end of civilization if your elected representatives don’t get more taxpayer money pronto?
Well, it turns out they’re all just complete frauds: the government doesn’t need anymore money than you do, and on Monday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie proved this in the most vividly ironic way possible.
It all began when this photo surfaced:
— Brian Cassella (@briancassella) July 2, 2017
A closer look:
That’s right: after shutting down Island Beach State Park to the general public, Christie decided it was time for a vacation, transforming the taxpayer-funded shores into his own private island—elevating him to the status of King for a day.
Taking a cue from President Trump’s playbook, the New Jersey Governor refused to apologize, saying, “Run for governor and you can have a residence there”:
"Asked if this is fair, Christie said Saturday: 'Run for governor, and you can have a residence there' https://t.co/VIYVov1S0j
— Manuel Roig-Franzia (@RoigFranzia) July 2, 2017
It wasn’t long before Christie became a living meme:
— Rogue Facts (@trumptralnwreck) July 3, 2017
— Diego De Rossi (@realJayDJ) July 4, 2017
Chris Christie: From Here to Eternity pic.twitter.com/Rxf6uZhjLW
— Nell Scovell (@NellSco) July 3, 2017
— Chrissie (@ChrissieM10) July 4, 2017
— Russ Alberts (@yournameisruss) July 3, 2017
— iNexsus (@iNexsus) July 3, 2017
In a press conference, Christie defended the government shutdown, claiming he, “doesn’t have any money [as governor]” and that the government “is not open because I can’t constitutionally let it be open”:
— BBC North America (@BBCNorthAmerica) July 3, 2017