Six families were were forced to leave their cottages located next to Chris Christie’s private beach under the threat of being arrested while the New Jersey governor and his family enjoyed a day at the beach.
Howard and Betty Height were among the families told by police officers on Friday night that they had no choice but to leave their Island Beach State Park beach cottage, otherwise they’d be arrested.
“They’re good guys,” Howard told reporters. “They were just doing their job. But they said if we weren’t gone by midnight, we’d be arrested.”
Along with the Heights, five other families received calls saying the park might close, but lease holders could come in on Friday.
Nevertheless, they were still forced to go. So the families packed their belongings and left their properties.
Christie closed down all non-essential state functions – including Island Beach State Park – while the Senate struggled through the $34.7 billion budget standoff.
But that didn’t stop him from utilizing the empty sands of the park, which houses the governor’s summer mansion.
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