Recently, Rhode Islanders got a taste of legislative arrogance when Senate Judiciary Vice Chairman Stephen Archambault gave a tongue lashing to Terry Gorman, the exec director of RIers For Immigration Law Enforcement. But Archambault's display of disrespect pales in comparison to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.             

The state government shutdown is now over in New Jersey, but the heat is still on Governor Chris Christie – who maintains that he shouldn't be criticized for “spending time with his family.” Of course, what people are upset about is that public beaches were shuttered last weekend – and that Christie was seen sunning himself on one of those empty stretches of sand with his family – on Sunday.

Granted, it was a private section of Island Beach State Park, which is attached to the summer home provided to him by the state. But the reaction from residents was swift – especially after he denied “getting any sun,” when asked by reporters. A spokesman later added, “He did not get any sun. He had a baseball hat on. The governor was on the beach briefly…talking to his wife and family before heading in to the office.” The pictures tell a different story – and the public has been livid.

And while a budget was passed Monday night, meaning state parks and beaches were open for July 4th, the anger has continued to seethe...both for the images and his flippant response. No wonder Christie's approval rating is 15%, the lowest EVER recorded.

Ron St. Pierre

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