Christie on Backlash Over Beach Photos: ‘My Poll Numbers Show That I Don’t Care About Political Optics’


Last night New Jersey Governor Chris Christie held another press conference last night to announce a deal to end the state government shutdown, but he also made it clear he’s not sorry about those beach photos of him during the shutdown, even though he’s been widely ridiculed for them.

He said he’s proven over the years he just does not “care about political optics,” talking at great length about how his family is important to him and scolding the press.

“I understand it’s a holiday weekend,” he said, “and the news channels don’t have anything else to cover.”

The New Jersey governor said he’s not apologizing for spending time with his family and he even added, “I think my poll numbers show that I don’t care about political optics. What I care about is doing what’s right and wrong.”

(Last month one poll said his approval rating is 15 percent.)

He went on to mock the coverage of the photos and actually said this:

“If they had flown that plane over that beach and I was sitting next to a 25-year-old blonde in that beach chair next to me, that’s a story. I wasn’t sitting next to a 25-year-old blonde. I was sitting next to my wife of 31 years, surrounded by my children and some of their best friends. If that’s a scandal, that’s a scandal I’m guilty of every day of my life––being committed to my wife and my children first.”

You can watch his comments above.

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