New Jersey's beaches and parks reopened for the Fourth of July holiday after the state reached a budget deal but Gov. Chris Christie refused to apologize after sunning on one of the closed beaches over the weekend.

The governor was caught in politically embarrassing aerial photographs Sunday apparently enjoying the summer weather along with his family on a closed state beach adjacent to his governor's residence.

"That is our beach house and we have a right to be there whenever we want to be there," Christie said during a news conference.

The governor signed a budget deal struck by the state legislature Monday night that reopened the parks and beaches, days after it was due. The political tussle forced closures of the public areas leading up to the holiday.

Christie appeared tan at an earlier press conference Sunday but denied he had gotten any sun.

When the photographs appeared, the governor's spokesperson said, "He did not get any sun. He had a baseball hat on."