Between the upcoming G20 and renewed fears of North Korea, most of the morning shows were dominated by the weeds of geopolitics. On the set of Morning Joe, however, co-host Mika Brzezinski took a moment to dissect that rather unflattering photo of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sunning himself at the beach.
For anyone who missed it yesterday, the governor took some heat after taking in some R&R on a local beach, closed due to a government shutdown. Christie made matters worse when he seemed to suggest in a press conference that he didn’t visit any beaches during the period in question.
That all didn’t sit well for Brzezinski who bluntly chided Christie for his actions.
“I just think it’s kind of rude,” she said before looking into the camera — seemingly to directly scold the governor.
“That beach was closed. Why do you think you’ve better than everybody else? Why do you think you work harder than everybody else? Why do you think your family gets more than the other families along that beach. I don’t get it. What’s that?
Her condemnation — a sentiment widely echoed over the July 4th weekend — came amid a larger discussion on set about the dangers of having politicians who don’t care about public opinion. On hand was New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, to talk about his latest column which looked at #Beachgate as a uniquely Trumpian moment.
When Christie was asked whether, despite a shutdown of the state government, he would steal away to the manse on the shore that’s a perk of his office, he unabashedly answered yes.
“That’s just the way it goes,” he said. “Run for governor, and you can have a residence.”
Translation: I’m governor and you’re not. Where have we heard a formulation like that before?
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