A great stretch of beach weather to begin the summer season and I took advantage of it getting a couple of hours on the North Avenue Beach in Seaside Park Saturday and a full day on Sunday. 

Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway (Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Hard to believe but it was actually cool yesterday by the water thanks to a strong southeasterly breeze but I for one was not complaining.  Perfect day to read and relax.

I wonder just wonder if the bloom is coming off the Chris Christie rose just a bit because the Governor is taking a hit over a couple of recent decisions.  The first is the special elections he has ordered to replace the late Senator Frank Lautenberg which will cost the state millions of dollars.  For a guy who has promoted fiscal responsibility this sure doesn’t seem the best path to take and it’s fair to question if this is not just a matter of self-interest.

Then there is Christie’s announcement that flags in the state are to be flown at half-staff today in tribute to actor James Gandolfini, who died suddenly last week.  Gandolfini was a true Jersey guy but honestly his death from a massive heart attack does not warrant the flag tribute unless you put him next to Whitney Houston, who also received one from Christie.

In all honesty this is not a big deal but it’s a bad precedent and one he should stop now.

Martin Truex Jr. turns 33 on Saturday but received an early birthday present yesterday when he won the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Sonoma, California.  It was just the second career victory on the big circuit for the 1998 Southern Regional High School graduate and it ended a 218-race winless streak going back to 2007 in Dover, Delaware.  Truex grew up in the Mayetta section of Stafford Township.

The 34th Annual North-South All-Star Football Classic will be played at Kean University tonight and 13 players from the Shore Conference will be on the South roster.  That group includes Danny Tighe of Point Beach, Toms River North’s John Newnom, Joe Elafante of Lacey, Matt Lauer of Barnegat and Point Boro’s Brett Blank.

I love those AT&T “it’s not complicated” TV commercials with the little kids.  The newest one has the kids coming up with the biggest number and check out the facial expressions when the one girl says “what about infinity times infinity.”  Just priceless.