NJ plane banner tells Christie to 'get the hell off' state beach
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A plane pulling a banner reading “Tell Chris Christie: Get the hell off Island Beach State Park” flew over a New Jersey beach Monday.

A video posted on Twitter by Jersey Shore Hurricane News shows people cheering as the plane flew by.

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The banner is a response to controversy surrounding Gov. Chris Christie's (R) weekend visit to the state-owned Island Beach State Park. Christie traveled to the park hours after ordering all state parks and beaches closed due to a government shutdown over a funding dispute with the state legislature.

Photos taken on Sunday of Christie lounging at the beach with his family brought widespread criticism, including from Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R).

"If I were governor, I sure wouldn’t be sitting on the beach if taxpayers didn’t have access to state beaches. It's beyond words," Guadagno said in a Facebook post.

Christie defended his stay, saying his role as governor gives him access to the perks of a residence at Island Beach.

 “That’s because the governor has a residence at Island Beach. Others don’t,” Christie reportedly said at a news conference Saturday.

At a Sunday press conference, Christie was asked if he had spent any time in the sun. 

"I didn't," he said, according to NJ.com. "... I didn't get any sun today." 

But when shown the photos, Christie spokesman Brian Murray acknowledged the governor had spent time on the beach. 

"Yes, the governor was on the beach briefly today, talking to his wife and family before heading into the office. He did not get any sun. He had a baseball hat on,” Murray said.