Chicago best-seller Brad Thor wins Chris Christie's beachgate


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie‘s infamous Independence Day weekend beach photos are the stuff meme-makers dream of.

Since he was captured Sunday by NJ Advance Media photographer Andrew Mills heartlessly sunning himself on a state beach he had closed to the public, Christie and his folding chair have been cut and pasted by internet jokers into everything from the beach scene in “From Here To Eternity” to the deck of the Starship Enterprise.

So hats off to best-selling Chicago born-and-raised author Brad Thor, who created the viral image of the news cycle by reversing the usual rules of meme-making.

Instead of chopping Christie out of the picture and reinserting him into an alpine scene from “The Sound of Music,” or blowing him up to 100 times his normal size to rule, Godzilla-like, over the Jersey Shore, Thor had the original image subtly doctored to add a copy of his latest thriller, “Use of Force,” into Christie’s hands.

“I think I’m the only one in America not mad at #ChrisChristie,” he wrote in the tweet accompanying the photo, which had been liked more than 62,000 times as of Wednesday morning.



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