New Jersey Governor-elect Phil Murphy has closed fallen under harsh criticism after posing for a photo last week with a cardboard cutout of Gov. Chris Christie on the beach in the last summer, after a government shutdown.
Murphy took the picture at a gala held Thursday night by the New Jersey Working families Alliance, a group that criticized Christie’s in the past. When asked about the photo-op, Murphy NJ Advance Media said that he is standing next to the cutout could just”.”
“It was right in front of me!” he told the newspaper.
Christie came under fire last summer after pictures of lounging surfaced of him in a chair with his family on a beach, he had closed to the public on the Fourth of July weekend, because of a government shutdown.
During his campaign, Murphy stops said to several of the campaign “We will not go to the beach, even,” referring to the incident that became known as the “beach gate.
( In this Sunday, may 2. July 2017 file photo, New Jersey Gov., Chris Christie, right, used the beach with his family and friends at the governor’s summer home in Island Beach State Park in New Jersey.)
Christie spoke to Murphy ‘ s last photo-op, calling it “disappointing.”
“We have been so open and so friendly to him,” he said. “I think it sends a really horrible message to people when they say they want to bring people together and do everything the rest of this, then, what you want to do is focus on the future and not the past.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.