MANASQUAN, N.J. - Gov. Christie knows there are perks to being New Jersey's chief executive, but getting on the beach for free during the summer isn't one of them.

Beach badge seller Trish Heisler tapped the governor for $8 for a daily pass before he set foot on Manasquan's sand Thursday.

Christie had just finished a news conference promoting the Jersey Shore and was headed for a little glad-handing on the sand when he was stopped by Heisler, who asked the governor whether she should charge him or let him on for free.

Christie pulled out a $20 and paid.

The governor is promoting Shore tourism this week.

He was in Belmar on Wednesday and was headed to Seaside Heights later Thursday. Stops in Atlantic City and Ocean City are planned for Friday.