Published: Mon, July 03, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Christie's family gets beach all to themselves after NJ shutdown

Christie's family gets beach all to themselves after NJ shutdown

Christie ordered nonessential services, including state parks and the motor vehicle commission to close beginning Saturday.

"I'm upset because this will inconvenience the people of New Jersey", he said.

Just before midnight, the Ocean County Sheriff's Office announced that Island Beach State Park would be closed. "In fact, the Assembly Judiciary Committee stands ready to hold hearings starting this month", Prieto said.

The Assembly and Senate are set to consider the budget despite Republican Gov. Christie and Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney's stalemate with Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto.

However, most of the anger on the Shore Saturday was directed not at the little-known speaker, but at the rumors that New Jersey's first family and their friends were inside the park at the governor's beach house - enjoying the surf and sun all for themselves - while the public was locked out.

Andrew Spears, a leader with Cub Scout Pack 124 in Tinton Falls, said his group was told to leave Cheesequake State Park on Saturday morning.

The legislation is not must-pass in the same way lawmakers and Christie have to enact a balanced budget by July 1. An Assembly vote on the budget stalled late on Friday, as some Democrats abstained from voting, fearing Christie's veto of important items without an agreement on the Horizon bill.

During a press conference after the State Assembly failed to pass the budget of over $35 billion Thursday, Christie tried to pin the blame on Prieto, who the governor accused of being an obstructionist.

Asked Saturday if it was fair for his family to be able to use the park while others couldn't, Christie was defiant.

"The governor has a residence at Island Beach", he said. Prisons, state police and Atlantic City's casinos would remain open. Horizon is the only company that when everyone else left helped us sign up over 550,000 people that didn't have insurance before.

Statue Cruises, which runs ferry trips to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty from Liberty State Park, said it would honor tickets at its Manhattan location or exchange them for later dates. "I wish I could say the same about some of the other participants", he said.

As the budget year starts most places in America, 11 states don't have budgets in place. "I compromised. I put up a budget bill for a vote". The sticking point is a bill Gov. Christie has staunchly supported to restructure Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state's largest health care provider. "Others now must now do their part and fulfill their responsibilities".

"We had heard (about the budget impasse) peripherally through the NY (television) stations", said Manno, 62, who has owned a summer house on the island for 14 years.

NJ101.5 reported that the homes are guarded by state police, which remain on duty despite the government shutdown that took effect at midnight Saturday over a state budget impasse.

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