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What's so funny about Christie at the beach?

Yesterday, the gov claimed that his opponent in the gubernatorial election, Barbara Buono, was making a fat joke when she said this about his starring role in Jersey Shore tourism commercials: "I don't know about you, but seeing Chris Christie frolicking on the beach is not going to drive me to go to the Jersey Shore."

What's so funny about Christie at the beach?

NJ Gov. Chris Christie shake hands with North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey during a visit to the North Wildwood Boardwalk. Aug.27, 2013 (AKIRA SUWA  /  Staff Photographer) <br />
NJ Gov. Chris Christie shake hands with North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey during a visit to the North Wildwood Boardwalk. Aug.27, 2013 (AKIRA SUWA / Staff Photographer)

Yesterday, the gov claimed that his opponent in the gubernatorial election, Barbara Buono, was making a fat joke when she said this about his starring role in Jersey Shore tourism commercials: "I don't know about you, but seeing Chris Christie frolicking on the beach is not going to drive me to go to the Jersey Shore."

But today, speaking to a group of kids at a school on Long Beach Island, Christie said something that rung similar. A student asked him if he had ever surfed. He said no, but that he knew someone who could give him lessons.

"We're going to go to a deserted beach where no one can watch, because it won't be pretty," he said.

Was that a self-deprecating remark about his weight? Or was he just joking about being a bad surfer? And either way, if he can make jokes about no one wanting to see him on the beach -- why can't Buono?

Christie double-downed on his criticism of Buono's remark again today, at a news conference moments after the surfing comment.

"I'm not the least bit angry or upset about it," Christie said, but "I think it tells you a lot about that person" that she would make such a comment.

He invoked the shared struggles of other overweight New Jerseyans, and said he was in better shape than six months ago, when he had lap-band surgery.

"If you want to make an issue of my physical experience? Then have some guts stand up and say it," he said.

Then he made another joke: "if she wants to conduct herself that way in the campaign, that’s fine, I'll deal with it. I have broad shoulders -- broad other stuff, too."

The crowd of Long Beach Islanders gathered around laughed.

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