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Chris Christie caused a government shut down that closed all of New Jersey’s state beaches over the Fourth of July weekend. Then he enjoyed the beach with his family on an empty shoreline. Then he got dragged to hell over it. You know who didn’t enjoy all the memes, guys? Chris Christie’s kids. Bet you feel bad now.

New Jersey 101.5 reports that Governor Christie called into radio show Ask the Governor on Thursday, to describe how his poor, sad, miserable kids came up to him after the controversy exploded and tried to take the blame for the fact that he came to their beach party:

“They came to me and said, ‘It’s our fault, we should have just told you that we would have just told all of our friends to go away.’ And I said to them, no, this was my decision,” he said.

Can you imagine if he had ruined a child’s party and sent all their “friends” home just to please the public? That’s apparently what we all wanted, hateful online monsters that we are. Christie says he reminded them that he was the adult in the situation and his decision to enjoy the beach after barring the citizens of New Jersey from doing so was his alone. But all of us wags out on the internet simply don’t understand how hurtful the whole episode was to his innocent babes. The most hurt they’ve ever been!

“They were more hurt by this latest episode than they’ve been hurt by anything else that has happened in the eight years and they don’t understand people’s unfairness and, quite frankly, their ignorance,” Christie said.

If only we’d kept our comments about it to ourselves and respected the tenderness of youth.