CNN’s Brianna Keilar Has Testy Spat With Christie Spox: Not All Beaches Are Open ‘But Nice Try’


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been in the center of a controversy on this Fourth of July weekend, as he and his family spent time on a public beach which was closed as part of a state government shutdown.

Brian Murray, a spokesperson for Christie, appeared on CNN Monday to try to defend the Governor. But anchor Brianna Keilar was having absolutely none of it.

Murray: One hundred nineteen miles of New Jersey beaches are wide open. They’re packed today. They were packed over the weekend. People are on the boardwalks from Cape May north to Seaside Heights.

Keillar: But he’s on a closed beach.

Murray: Tourism is booming.

Keillar: Brian, he’s on a closed beach.

Keillar and Murray sparred for several minutes, with Murray refusing to concede that Christie’s actions were wrong in any way. The spokesman blamed the New Jersey state legislature for the budget impasse.

And several times during the interview, Murray stated falsely that “all” of New Jersey’s beaches are presently open to the public.

“By the way, all our beaches are open,” Murray said.

“They’re not all open,” Keilar said, laughing. “But nice try.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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