Hear Chris Christie Mock Media Coverage of Beach Trip: ‘Great Bit of Journalism’ (Audio)

New Jersey government was shut down over holiday weekend, but governor still spent some time on Island Beach State Park’s sand

Chris Christie thinks some reporters (and drones) have too much time on their hands.

The New Jersey governor made the front page of a few Garden State newspapers for spending some time on the sands of Island Beach State Park a day earlier, despite a government shutdown closing all state-owned facilities. Christie’s not exactly impressed with the media coverage of his warm-weather jaunt, nor is he embarrassed by it.

“The governor has two residences in New Jersey. One down at the beach, at Island Beach State Park, and one at Drumthwacket,” Gov. Christie said Monday during a phone interview with Fox 5 NY. “The governor is allowed to go to his residences, and I’m at my residence. I’ll tell you this, I said last Monday — a week ago today, that no matter what happens — we were coming here as a family this weekend. This is where we live, one of the places we live.”

“What a great bit of journalism by the Star-Ledger,” the 2016 Republican presidential candidate continued. “They actually caught a politician being where he said he was going to be with the people he said he was going to be with — his wife and his children and their friends.”

“I’m sure they’re going to get a Pulitzer for this one… they caught me,” Christie concluded.

The government of New Jersey is currently closed until a budget can be agreed upon. Christie’s approval rating is about as low as his sarcasm is high.

Listen to Christie’s phone interview below.