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The portrait—which cost $85,000 in taxpayer funds—shows the former governor looking calm and collected while he holds a piece of paper on a podium. The large cost was more than the past three portraits made of New Jersey governors combined, according to the Washington Post.
The painting also has a hidden message, as NorthJersey.com points out, with “STTS” written on it, which stands for “Stronger Than The Storm,” a phrase that was used in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
Former Gov. Chris Christie’s official portait was unveiled Monday evening. It was expected to cost taxpayers $85,000. pic.twitter.com/8BCNjGPVaS— NJ.com (@njdotcom) November 20, 2018
However, many people online decided that it was not an accurate depiction of Christie’s time in office, which was mired by the “Bridgegate” scandal and—at the end of his second term as governor— an infamous photograph of him enjoying time at the beach in the midst of a government shutdown (which closed public beaches during the July 4th holiday last year).
Here’s some ideas of what people thought the $85,000 portrait should really show:
The Official Portrait of Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has finally be unveiled.................Think they NAILED it!!!! pic.twitter.com/0DlClw6VJu— Matthew Cordasco (@MattyCordasco) November 20, 2018
Chris Christie officially unofficial protrait unveiling: pic.twitter.com/uBeO00A9X2— ann marie (@annmarie309) November 20, 2018
Others didn’t create their own portraits, but had some things to say about it.
#ChrisChristie's official portrait to be unveiled Monday night at a private event. If he's holding two ice cream cones, yelling at someone on the boardwalk, only then will it be worth it. @ChrisChristie https://t.co/WsZ07eHReA— Brian (@briandaly473) November 20, 2018
They should have went with this one...I think it's a better representation of how he handled his job. SLACKER! pic.twitter.com/sSJRPnVRV5— EaglesChick (@NastyJuniper) November 20, 2018
Glaring back. The semi-annoyed press conference look pic.twitter.com/62jb9gpy7P— Charles Stile (@PoliticalStile) November 20, 2018
Last week Christie was mocked for complaining about his commute during a snowstorm that blanketed the northeastern part of the country, which people found to be delightfully ironic.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).