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From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJul-2 5:12 PM 
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New Jersey Governor Christie shuts down state government as budget issues continue... +
TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie at the stroke of midnight Friday ordered a state government shutdown after a last-ditch effort to reach a compromise with Democrats who control the New Jersey Legislature on funding a new state budget failed.

 

 
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJul-2 5:15 PM 
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Heres why Chris Christie shut down state government... +

So exactly why did Christie shut down state government? TRENTON - While you were sleeping, Gov. Chris Christie and the New Jersey Legislature late Friday night failed to reach an agreement on a new state budget as they fought over a wholly unrelated piece of legislation that would affect the state's largest health insurance company. Without a budget in place just after the strike of midnight, the governor signed an order to shut down most functions of state government. New Jersey requires a budget to be signed by June 30 every year.State budgets usually include wheeling and dealing between the governor, Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and state Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Gloucester) on spending and other priorities. This time, they couldn't agree. And without a budget in place, the state doesn't have money to operate and the governor can shut everything down. Christie told state lawmakers he would keep intact the Democrats' proposed budget containing an extra $350 million for schools, legal aid for the poor, and other programs if they supported two of his priorities. The first would be legislation to use lottery proceeds to reduce the pension obligations to public workers. That went down easy.The real fight erupted over Christie's demand that the state dictate how much money not-for-profit Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is allowed to keep in a reserve fund before it must turn it over to a fund for public health causes.

 

 
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJul-3 4:20 PM 
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What a cheap shot at the people of NJ.  Christie got to use a beach that the public was barred from due to the shutdown -

Chris Christie Hits a Closed State Beach, and Kicks Up a Fury

New York Times

The outing came as the state park police were turning away families who arrived at the beach’s main gate hoping to spend a day by the ocean.
 

 
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJul-3 4:31 PM 
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Christie feels the heat politically after a day at the beach +
Boston Herald
TRENTON, N.J. There's Gov. Chris Christie, lounging in a beach chair

 

 
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJul-4 4:46 AM 
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Twitter users taunt New Jersey's Chris Christie over 'beachgate' +
Deutsche Welle | Tue Jul 04, 2017 08:12 UTC

The New Jersey governor is being lambasted online after he was photographed lounging on a beach that he had closed to the public. State beaches and parks were shut over the July 4 holiday because of a budget standoff.

 

 
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJul-10 8:04 PM 
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