Here’s what people think Chris Christie’s $85,000 portrait should really show

Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie had a very expensive official portrait unveiled on Monday, and the internet has a few ideas of what they think it should have depicted instead.

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 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.

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:

Others didn’t create their own portraits, but had some things to say about it.

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

Andrew Wyrich

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