Chris Christie dismisses criticism of beach trip photos

“I don’t apologize for it. I don’t back away from it,” Christie said late on Monday after the state legislature reached an agreement to pass the budget, which ended the shutdown. He posted photos signing the $34.7 billion budget early Tuesday morning on Twitter.

“Let’s be really clear. That’s our residence and we have a right to be there whenever we want to be there,” Christie said, referring to the home at Island Beach State Park given to the governor to use while in office. He said he didn’t ask for any government services while they were there such as lifeguards or garbage collection.