Infamous Christie Beach Trip Photo Pops Up In Jersey City Democratic Mayor’s Ad

NJ Gov. Chris Christie (right) and his family enjoy a picture perfect Sunday afternoon at the beach on Island Beach State Park, which is closed to the public due to the state government shutdown.  7/2/17  (Andrew Mills | NJ Advance Media for
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s infamous beach trip is turning up again in a new TV ad for a Democratic mayoral candidate.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop released his re-election campaign’s first television ad on Tuesday.

The 30-second spot shows Fulop on a beach chair and briefly flashes between images of him and Christie from the July 4 weekend at Island Beach State Park. Fulop says politics wasn’t a “day at the beach, until suddenly it was.”

An photographer captured aerial photographs of Christie lounging on the beach, which he had closed to the public as part of a budget impasse with the Democrat-led Legislature.

The photos led to ridicule for the two-term governor whose popularity is at record lows.

Christie’s office hasn’t responded to a request for comment.