Chris Christie Went To The Beach After Shutting Down Public Beaches. The Internet Had A Field Day.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has become a meme sensation due to a picture taken of him enjoying himself at a beach after he shut down public beaches.

The state was in the middle of a three-day government shutdown when Christie went to one of the beaches which was closed to the public during the shutdown. Christie doubled down on his decision after photos came out of him on the beach:

"If they had flown that plane over that beach and I was sitting next to a 25-year-old blonde in that beach chair next to me, that's a story," he said. "I wasn't sitting next to a 25-year-old blonde. I was sitting next to my wife of 31 years."

He added, "I don't apologize for it. I don't back away from it."

Even worse, Christie claimed that he didn't get "any sun" because he was wearing a hat.

This scandal, dubbed as #BeachGate, has morphed into a myriad of hilarious memes featuring the now-infamous photo of Christie looking into the sky while sitting on the beach in a baseball hat. Here are a few of them:

And of course there was the obvious fat joke:

Not only was Christie mocked for #BeachGate on Twitter, he was also mocked through a sand sculpture:

Remember when only a few years ago Christie was considered to be one of the strongest Republican presidential candidates likely to run in 2016? Christie has now devolved into an Internet meme that will be enshrined for eternity. Sad!

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