Chris Christie flew close to the sun. Now, he sits under it, defiantly.
Legend of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in National Republican politics was forged on New Jersey’s coast, where recordings that were candy cottons were hoisted for the Republican base and for journalists.
“Get off the beach!” Christie barked in 2011, when Hurricane Irene is rapidly approaching the coast. A year later, while holding an ice cream cone, he met a person who interrupts Seaside Heights as a result of a conservative fiscal policy that plagued activists and donors.
But these electric days now seem like the old days for long Christie watchers. Its prominent profile simply stems from years of defeats and humiliations – punctuated this week by aerial imagery of one sitting on an isolated stretch of sand, flowing in a new cable loop.
Sporting flexible sandals and a baseball cap, Christie broke worry-free loose in the sun with his family at a beach house property in the middle of a statewide closure of government where he opened these beaches to the public.
The scene – captured in photographs from the air by the state’s largest newspaper, the Newark Star-Ledger – revealed elevated indifferent new challenge and hindered Christie’s political career.
This attitude led him to fame and the outside – and in the inner circle of President Trump, then aboard.
For those familiar with Christie – who is the country’s most unpopular governor, according to surveys – pictures of him among the dunes on Beach Island State Park were a reflection of what he always was: a flawed address that delights downtown Attention and deliberately ignore decorum.
“That tells me nothing I’ve known for a long time. He’s a paternal, a tyrant, and his nature is to fight, to fight, to fight,” New Jersey Sen. Richard J. Codey, a Democrat, said on Monday. Interim governor from 2004 to 2006. “I get along well with all former governors, but not with him.”
Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Christie was “Trump Trump before.”
“From the moment I met him at our first meeting in 2009 at the press conference on Monday, he was someone who is incredibly comfortable in his skin. He does what he wants to do and his success can be attributed to him,” said Steele . “But there are consequences, of course, when you work this way.”
Similar stories of his fanfare are Legion. Christie was used to take a helicopter from the 55-foot-long state police and his son’s baseball games.
He was invited to give the opening speech of the Republican National Convention in 2012, but has only a few words from the party’s spokesman, Mitt Romney. The Christie flavor for luxury travel was funded by foreign leaders and casino mogul. And his passing by the owner of the booth clapping his beloved Dallas Cowboys sparked a wave of ethical questions.
But Christie was not humiliated by his dwindling support or tends to maintain a lower profile in recent months. Instead, he was also dismissive and as firm as ever.
In November, President-elect Donald Trump hosts New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the club’s headquarters at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster Bedminster Township, NJ (Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post)
“He got the 15% approval rate, so he gives a giant middle finger to the people of New Jersey, sitting on this beach,” said Bob Ingle, a Christie biographer, in reference to the latest polls. “He’s so stubborn, so thin and he blames everyone but himself for what happened.”