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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is in hot water after he spent the holiday weekend sunbathing on a beach that was closed to the public due to a state government shutdown. Christie was photographed lounging on Island Beach State Park—sparking intense backlash from those who hoped to soak up some sun.

According to The Star-Ledger, who shared the aerial shots, Christie and his family were “using the summer beach house provided by the state for a weekend down the Shore” amid the government shutdown. Many dubbed the controversial beach trip #Beachgate, a reference to the infamous Bridgegate scandal that occurred in 2013. Two of Christie’s former allies were sentenced to prison earlier this year for their role in the George Washington Bridge lane closures, however, the governor himself was not charged.

When asked about the beach photos, Christie’s spokesman Brian Murray acknowledged that the governor was on the beach, but said, “He did not get any sun. He had a baseball hat on.” Christie said he “didn’t get any sun” at a news conference earlier that day. Christie weighed in on the controversy further and defended the beach visit. In an interview with Good Day Philadelphia, when told about how upset people were, Christie said:

Well I’m sorry, they’re not the governor. We have a residence in Princeton, and that place is a place where people can go and tour, but they can’t if the government is closed. Am I supposed to move out and stay in a hotel?

Christie tweeted a photo of a beach Monday afternoon, writing, “Another beautiful day at the Jersey shore. Our beaches are open & full of people.” By then, however, his beach photos had gone viral and social media users shared Photoshopped images of the governor in new—and surprising—situations.

Take a look at some of the best Chris Christie beach memes below:

Social Media Shares Hilarious Chris Christie Beach Memes

Have you seen the viral Chris Christie beach memes circulating social media? Which one is your favorite? How do you feel about his beach scandal? Sound off in the comments section below!

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore, Flickr