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Budgets undecided after deadlines in all 3 states

Budgets undecided after deadlines in all 3 states

State beaches and parks would close, including Liberty State Park, which overlooks New York City and is scheduled to host more than 100,000 people for its annual Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display on Tuesday. Christie's office confirmed Saturday evening that Christie would be spending the holiday weekend with his family at the beach house in the park. A list of New Jersey beaches and parks closed today and likely through the holiday can be found here. The state lottery and NJ Transit also remain in operation, the website reported. In Pennsylvania and MI, budgets are on the governors' desks. In a statement to Fox 5, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto said, "Gov. Christie and the legislators who won't vote "yes" on the budget are responsible for this unacceptable shutdown". Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to universities is awaiting passage until lawmakers pass a revenue plan.

Christie says he's ready to reopen the state government that shutdown after he and lawmakers in the Democratic-led Legislature failed to enact a budget Friday. While the gates were closed to prevent motor vehicles from entering the parking lot, this state park was full of visitors who had simply parked elsewhere and walked in through the open pedestrian entrance. "That's not a drawing a line in the sand, that's giving them a choice", Christie said, adding later that he was acting as "Mr. Reasonable". Earlier in the exchange, Christie had discussed the origins of the Horizon bill, which began with a call during his February budget address for $300 million from Horizon's surplus to fight opioid addiction. "With so many problems in New Jersey from property taxes to health care, our leaders should be communicating with each other to pass a budget that puts the taxpayers of New Jersey first and separate the Horizon bill from negotiations so it can be thoroughly reviewed", Guadagno said.

Christie was once viewed as the future of his party - a Republican who could compromise with Democrats to produce results and win in a Democratic state.

"They send me a budget with Horizon and with the lottery, then these 73 spending items will stay", said Christie this afternoon, brandishing a piece of paper for emphasis.

The last time that New Jersey experienced a government crisis was when the government was shut down in 2006 under the Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine.

The shutdown could be short-lived however as Christie has called a special legislative session for 11 Saturday morning to continue working on a deal.

Prieto remained steadfast Saturday in his opposition, reiterating that he won't consider the plan as part of the budget process but would consider it once a budget is signed.

The Mannos were relaxing with their dog on a park bench in front of the 169-foot iconic red and white tower that for the past 158 years has come to symbolize the Shore. "We had an opportunity to get together in rooms over those hours and hammer out a compromise, and we didn't".



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