A new bill was introduced in New Jersey Friday. Democratic Assemblyman John Wisniewski’s bill would allow the public to rent out New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s Island Beach State Park home.
Reportedly, a second bill to be considered would prevent any New Jersey governor from using the Island Beach State Park house during a state shutdown.
The bill’s follow a minor scandal in which Christie was photographed using the home’s beach, while on the same day a state government shutdown resulted in the closure of state parks, including Island Beach State Park.
After a photograph surfaced of Christie and guests using the State Park home and beach, New Jersey residents expressed displeasure, forcing Christie to defend his actions. While the public felt it was unfair that the governor closed public parks on the long weekend before the 4th of July, Christie said the beach and house were one of the perks of being governor.
“Run for governor and you can have the residence,” Christie said at the time. He also informed the pubic that his family was sleeping at the residence, reasoning that he slept there to be near them, and was only on the beach briefly before going in to work.
During a press conference Monday, Christie said closing the beach had been the right decision. “I don’t apologize for it,” Christie said. “I don’t back away from it. I think my poll numbers show I don’t care about political optics.”
According to The Washington Post, in mid-June Christies’s net approval rating was “a stunning minus-66.” A mere 15 percent gave a positive review of his job performance.
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