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Get the hell off the beach

Bill Coffin | July 10, 2017

In late October 2011, Superstorm Sandy was barreling down upon the tri-state area with a destructive power that New York and New Jersey had not seen since the “Long Island Express” of 1936—a hurricane that had it happened today would have threatened some $1 trillion of insured property. Despite this, plenty of Garden State beachgoers didn’t take the threat seriously, prompting Governor Chris Christie—known for his blunt speaking manner—to hold a press conference in which he ordered the public: “Get the hell off the beach.”

That was then. This is now. Over the Fourth of July weekend, due to a budget impasse, New Jersey faced a government shutdown of nonessential services, which included all highway rest stops and state parks, and inexplicably, not the gaming authority which allowed casinos to stay open. This angered New Jerseyans enough, but things hit a boiling point when Governor Christie and his family retired to the governor’s summer mansion on Island Beach State... To get the full story, subscribe now.