Christie: Successor's Photo Op Sends 'Terrible Message'
NJ governor not happy about Phil Murphy photo taken with cardboard cutout of himself
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2017 10:25 AM CST
New Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

(Newser) – Chris Christie has been combative this year with a Cubs fan, his own constituents, and now his successor to the New Jersey governorship. Democrat Phil Murphy beat GOPer Kim Guadagno in November, and at a recent photo op, Murphy got in a low-key dig at Christie. NorthJersey.com reports that while Murphy was in attendance at a gala in Glen Ridge for the New Jersey Working Families Alliance, he posed in front of a cutout of Christie that depicted him lazing in a beach chair—a pic made famous as Christie hung out at Island Beach State Park with his family on July 2 after he'd shut down state beaches to everyone else over the July 4th weekend. The Washington Post notes the pic, which showed Murphy and the NJWFA director with big smiles on their faces next to the cutout, was posted on NorthJersey.com and the NJWFA site. See it here.

Christie isn't smiling back. "I think someone's got to remind him that the campaign is over," Christie said Friday. "It's disappointing because we've been so open and so welcoming to him, and not playing politics at all." Christie is especially miffed that Murphy ran on a platform that vowed to take down the "us versus them" mentality, noting that this slam "sends a really terrible message." Still, he says Murphy's photo "doesn't matter" to him personally. There's been a dust-up between the two recently as they prep for the transition, specifically regarding budget numbers and media access to them. Murphy, for his part, tells NJ.com the photo temptation was too great. "It was right in front of me," he said. "I couldn't resist."

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