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In this Oct. 18, 2016, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering at a public forum in New Providence, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Chris Christie called a constituent who criticized his beach outing a 'bum' and a 'communist'


Updated July 11, 2017 08:01 AM EDT

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had some harsh words for a constituent who criticized him for being on the beach last week.

Christie was on a sports talk radio show on WFAN on Monday when constituents began calling in to speak to the governor, but some called to complain.

"Governor, the next time you want to sit on a beach that is closed to the entire world except you, you put your fat ass in a car and go to one that is open to all your constituents, not just you and yours," said the caller, identified as "Mike from Montclair."

The argument quickly escalated.

"You know Mike, I love getting calls from communists in Montclair," Christie said. "Listen, I'm not the guy who came on the air, swore on the air ... You're swearing on the air, Mike. You're a bum," Christie fired back.

The governor did not try to defend his beach day during the radio show, despite the complaints he has received over the weeks.

Chris Christie might be in hot water over his beach outing over the weekend. Photos have surfaced that reportedly show him relaxing on a state beach he closed to the public.

According to Time, a few days before the alleged beach trip, "Christie had closed the state's beaches and parks to the public after hitting a deadlock over budget allocation." NJ.com obtained the pictures, which show Christie and his family at the Island Beach State Park. There's a residence at that beach for the governor's use.

To make matters more complicated, at a press conference Saturday afternoon, Christie was confronted with the photos. He later told a reporter, "That's the way it goes. Run for governor, and you can have the residence."

According to Time, this is only the second time in New Jersey's history that the state beaches and parks have been closed. It can't help that these attractions were closed to tourists the weekend leading up to the Fourth of July.

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