To make a long story short: The State of New Jersey went into a Government Shutdown on July 1st. All nonessential services were cut off until a budget deal was reached and the Government was reopened on the 5th. One of the nonessential services was State Parks which includes Island Beach State Park. That beach was closed to everyone. Everyone that is except the Governor and his family. The Governor has a State provided summer beach house in the park. The Governor chose to visit that beach house (as previously planned) despite the shutdown. In his infinite "wisdom," he decided to take the family out behind the beach house to the beach where Photojournalist Andrew Mills captured some terrible imagery. The image of the Governor of New Jersey lounging on a closed beach during a Government shutdown.
Even the Lieutenant Governor, Kim Guadagno, called the scene "beyond words." The 2017 New Jersey GOP nominee for Governor went on to say "If I were governor, I sure wouldn’t be sitting on the beach if taxpayers didn’t have access to state beaches." Guadagno is wise to try to distance herself from
According to a June 14th Quinnipiac poll, Chris Christie has a 15% approval rating compared to a 81% disapproval figure. That isn't helping Guadagno who sports a 20%-28% approval spread in the same poll. The Democratic nominee, Phil Murphy, sports a 33%-18% approval spread. Both candidates benefit from having large portions of the electorate yet to make up their minds about the candidates. The problem though for Guadagno is that voters have already made up their minds about Christie and Trump. Though, compared to Christie, Trump has better numbers with a 28%-66% approval spread. It is no wonder, then, that Quinnipiac's poll has Murphy leading Guadagno 55%-26%. Needless to say, this one was probably over anyhow before "beachgate." I can't imagine that Guadagno benefited much from the shutdown and Christie's beach vacation.
On Wednesday, the 5th, Murphy's campaign released some fundraising numbers. Murphy has raised approximately $750,000 since June 7th when the general election began. This clears Murphy past the $450,000 threshold to receive matching funds from the state. I have yet to see any fundraising numbers from the Guadagno camp for the general election.
The last play. I leave you gentlemen now and you now write it. You will interpret it. That's your right. But as I leave you I want you to know- just think how much you're going to be missing.
You won't have Nixon to kick around any more, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference and it will be one in which I have welcomed the opportunity to test wits with you. I have always respected you. I have sometimes disagreed with you.
Nixon, of course, didn't go away.