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Author Brad Thor jokes about the Chris Christie beach photos

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There’s one person who isn’t angry about Chris Christie’s trip to the beach this Fourth of July weekend: Brad Thor.

The author jokingly tweeted an altered photo on Monday of the New Jersey governor at the beach, with part of the picture zoomed in to reveal that Christie is reading his latest book, Use of Force. (The original version of the image shows Christie’s hands empty.) Thor added the comment, “I think I’m the only one in America not mad at #ChrisChristie.”

Christie sparked ire on Sunday when images of him and his family spending the weekend at the Island Beach State Park — where a governor’s residence is located — were released. It is one of the state’s many beaches, parks, and other tourist attractions Christie closed to the public after shutting down the state government when they’d reached a deadlock over budget allocations before the weekend.

As for Thor, Use of Force marks the author’s 17th book in his best-selling Scot Harvath series about an ex-Navy SEAL who becomes a U.S. Secret Service agent. This latest thriller follows Harvath as he’s called upon to investigate what happened when the body of a terrorism suspect who’d gone missing three years ago is discovered by the Italian Coast Guard following a harrowing distress call.