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New Jersey government shuts down in budget standoff


Parks and beaches were among the non-essential services that Governor Chris Christie ordered to close on midnight on Friday after New Jersey lawmakers in Trenton failed to reach an agreement on a almost $35 billion budget.

However, in an apparent show of defiance, not all of the state lawmakers showed up.

Christie said his family would not postpone or cancel their plans to visit the park, adding that they don't plan to use any of the "services" the park typically provides.

"The speaker is playing games with that from what I can tell and not asking his members to be here today".

"I'm not happy about this", Christie said in a press conference just eight hours before the shutdown deadline.

All Motor Vehicle Commission agencies and inspection centers, workers' compensation courts, taxation call centers, and a couple of rest areas on I-295 and I-80, among other affected services, will close, according to the governor's office. It does not affect essential services, such as the New Jersey State Police, psychiatric hospitals, of NJ Transit operations.

Christie has ordered the Democrat-led Legislature to return on Sunday to consider a path around the budget impasse.

Christie and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto remain deadlocked over a bill to revamp governance of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of New Jersey.

Christie said Friday that his family and their guests would continue to spend the weekend on the island regardless of the shutdown.

Christie says the only leader not in favor of the deal he has offered was Prieto.


In the Assembly, the budget impasse stems from the fact that some members of Prieto's own caucus - mostly Democrats representing districts in South Jersey - want to vote on the Horizon deal and have abstained from voting on the budget until that happens.

But Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and other Democrats say the Horizon bill, introduced only on Thursday, is "bad public policy".

Many Democrats supported the budget agenda of Christie, a Republican, in order to see a spending plan they support signed into law and allow them to break for the summer and begin their legislative re-election campaigns.

When Christie first announced the $300 million demand - which both he and his allies say is no longer the amount being sought - Horizon was willing to give about half that amount. Murphy has been a critic of Christie's plan to use Horizon's reserves, which he has characterized as a raid the insurance company's funds.

But Christie has conditioned his signing of the budget, including the Democratic priorities and additional school funding, on the passage of the Horizon legislation.

Although that park was also closed, there was no police presence enforcing the shutdown.

Craig Aplaugh and his wife Angela Morgan Alpaugh, both 42, of Athens, N.Y., also have a summer house on LBI and had stopped by the lighthouse on the chance it might be open despite the shutdown.

"If Bob Marino's not here tomorrow", Sweeney said, "then maybe he'll explain to people why he told everybody in the state of New Jersey, 'To hell with you'".

Entrance to Island Beach State Park blocked on Saturday.

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