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Budget Impasse Shuts Down NJ Government, Closes Parks on Holiday Weekend

Budget Impasse Shuts Down NJ Government, Closes Parks on Holiday Weekend

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he has not reached a deal with Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto over the budget and that he will meet with his Cabinet to prepare for a shutdown.

One family gained from New Jersey's government shutdown on Saturday - Gov. Chris Christie's wife, their kids and their friends had one of the East Coast's most handsome beaches all to themselves. 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 Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto needlessly stalled the budget process, forcing the closure of New Jersey government and inconveniencing everyone living in and visiting our state".

Among those affected were a group of Cub Scouts forced to leave a state park campsite and people trying to obtain or renew documents from the state motor vehicle commission.

But several New Jersey government departments will suspend services, preventing the public from renewing driver's licenses or getting copies of birth and marriage certificates.

Christie declared a state of emergency and called for a special session of the Legislature at 11 a.m. Saturday.

New Jersey, Maine and IL are all facing at least partial government shutdowns after their legislatures failed to pass budgets.

He did not mention Prieto but complained that Democrats frittered away several hours on an extended budget vote that went nowhere instead of working to cut a deal.

Speaking to the New Jersey 101.5 radio station Monday, Christie said that he was looking forward to spending July 4 at the beach and that he expected "the whole family" would show up.

"None of this should be tied to the budget", he said during a televised afternoon press conference.

This was the first government shut down in over a decade, and the timing couldn't be worse.

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"I can not in good conscience vote for a state budget that would cut more than $1 million from our local schools in the 24th Legislative District", Oroho said.

During the shutdown, state parks and beaches were closed, and Atlantic City's casinos had to shut their doors because gambling inspectors were among those furloughed.

Christie says while the shutdown is happening, the state will do what it has to to function, either through federal funding or by running up a tab. Christie then implored members of both houses to get him a budget quickly.

"Those politicians couldn't get there head and butts together".

Instead, Prieto has opened a vote on the Democrats' $34.7 billion budget and has left the voting board open since Friday night.

Senate Democrats passed the Horizon bill Thursday and have said it could be repealed after Christie's successor takes office next January.

Cheesequake State Park in Old Bridge also felt the shutdown's wrath.

"The Republicans were ready to work, but the Democrats had a house divided", Space said after the shutdown was official.

Manno and his wife, Liz, were enjoying another state park on the beach - this one across Barnegat Inlet - Barnegat Lighthouse State Park on Long Beach Island.

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