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By eds. Published on Jul 4, 2017
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Following a government shutdown ordered by Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, a photographer for the Star-Ledger captured the governor sunning on New Jersey's closed beaches. Social media took over from there.

New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie has never been a man held in high esteem for his ability to regulate his disdain for the opinion of the New Jersey residents whom he serves.

In 2010, at a town hall meeting to discuss caps on property taxes, Governor Christie became engaged in an exchange between a New Jersey school teacher and librarian. He told the teacher she had entered education “knowing what the pay was” and to a librarian who had commented that a third of the library’s budget had been cut, he replied, “The State of New Jersey doesn’t print money.”

In 2012, at another public forum, he referred to a Navy Seal as “an idiot”.

In 2013, when challenged by a school teacher who had asked why the Governor had continued to portray New Jersey’s teachers and schools as failing, Christie became angry, pointed his finger in the face of the teacher and responded, “I am tired of you people. What do you want?” (At the time, Christie had initiated $1.6 billion in budget cuts to New Jersey’s educational  system and $2 billion in corporate tax breaks.)

Later in 2013, the Governor’s administration became embroiled in federal investigations after reports surfaced that Governor Christie had ordered the closure of the George Washington Bridge in retaliation against Fort Lee’s mayor, who had failed to publicly endorse Christie’s second term as Governor. Four members of Governor Christie’s administration pled guilty or accepted plea deals in relation to the charges brought by Paul J….

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There is a generation of Americans who grew up viewing graffiti as art. For a while, this perspective of graffiti as a form of expression which held merit, could have gone either way.
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There is a generation of Americans who grew up viewing graffiti as art. For a while, this perspective of graffiti as a form of expression which held merit, could have gone either way.

Graffiti sprung from gang culture, at least according to the nightly news, and as the evening news was as close to the truth of a nation as we were going to get, there was a fear in many a household that graffiti was the gateway drug to the other stuff.

Lawmakers did their best to warn adult Americans of the ill-effects of “tags”, low-riding pants, spray paint, rap music, baseball caps worn backwards, and hoodies.

Newscasts were dedicated to explaining hidden meaning behind words scrawled on neglected bridges, subway cards and street corners.

Officers were transferred from vice units to newly formed “gang units”. Individuals began to specialize in “street linguistics”, and were thus on-call to decipher the code of graffiti for viewing audiences nationwide.

The Great Gang Scare of the 1980s was a thing.

This era (there have been several) of ‘societal fear of the black man’ attempted to sway a generation from the acceptance of this black culture. The effort almost succeeded.

Legislation was created to provide a content rating’s system for music, police policies were drafted to allow searches of individuals on suspicion, and mandatory minimums were not far behind.

But much like it must have been when Elvis…

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