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Chris Christie Was Busted Enjoying A Beach He Closed Down And By God The Internet Didn't Disappoint

"Jersey Boor"? "Son of a Beach"? "Executive Overbeach"? "Beach Bum"?

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Christie, seemingly undaunted by being the most unpopular governor in these United States of America, decided it would be a good idea to get into a budget standoff with the state legislature. That would lead to a partial government shutdown. Of parks and beaches. On 4th of July weekend.

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They even shut down access to the Statue of Liberty from New Jersey! On the Independence Day holiday weekend! No, for real! We promise this isn't an elaborate piece of satirical fiction about the current state of US politics!

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And in what most political analysts would define as "poor optics," or what most normal people would define as "ha ha ha are you serious...STFU," Christie and his gubernatorial posse were photographed on one of those beaches closed by his standoff.

Gov. Chris Christie and family soak up sun on state beach he closed to the public. @AndyMills_NJ… https://t.co/vxtTlsnoiI

And of course it didn't take long for Twitter to start cranking out content for #beachgate.

Here it is: @AndyMills_NJ spills the beans and tells us how his amazing pix of the sunning gov came together. https://t.co/COLJjvwW9F

"Dr. No to everyone else who wants to be on the beach."

Dr. No to everyone else who wants to be on the beach. #ChrisChristie

There were references to New Jersey's favorite fictional son, Tony Soprano.

I don't know about you, but the Sopranos reboot looks awful. #ChrisChristie

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Just shut it down.

Of course, speaking of "shut it down," people were reminded of Ye Olde Bridgegate.

Time for some traffic problems! #NewJersey #ChrisChristie

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There were unavoidable parallels to Jaws.

And Planet of the Apes.

"You Maniac! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!" #ChrisChristie #ChristiesShutdown

Anybody remember Spaceballs? No?

#ChrisChristie shut the NJ beaches down so he could have more room to hang with the boys.

There were references to other Trump allies sitting inappropriately.

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But at least the beach dragging was bipartisan. (He Rangeled up some friends. Don't care. Not sorry.)

Today Chris Christie defended going to the beach saying it was a "bipartisan beach gathering".. #ChrisChristie

The memes were baked.

Chris Christie The meme world welcomes you #ChrisChristie

The Costanza was quoted.

"The sea was angry that day, my friends ... like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli" #beachgate… https://t.co/PeF05gJp5a

And last, but not least...

Just gonna leave this here. #ChrisChristie

Gavon Laessig is a deputy news director and front page editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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