New Jersey Budget Stalemate Brings State Closer To Shutdown

Posted July 03, 2017

Regardless, even with a 15 percent approval rating and only six months left in office, Governor Christie still holds most of the power in New Jersey's top-heavy government, and looking to bolster his already tarnished legacy, he may have no incentive to back down. The state lottery and NJ Transit also remain in operation, the website reported.

DMVs across the state were also closed and if progress isn't made, many will be at risk of not receiving permits or copies of either marriage or birth certificates.

Governor Chris Christie ordered lawmakers into session Saturday at 11 a.m.to break the impasse. But Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, who is facing a challenge for his speakership by an assemblyman who's allied with lawmakers who are refusing to vote on the budget, is still opposing the Horizon bill and refusing to put it up for a vote.

New Jersey's government shut down on Friday at midnight after legislators failed to pass a budget before the July 1 deadline amid a political standoff. "This is completely avoidable".

That's Gov. Chris Christie's family, of course. The budget itself is not in controversy.

At issue is a push by the governor to force the non-profit insurer Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield to spend some of its billions in reserves on public health services or return money to subscribers.

That includes $125 million for schools and pre-K programs, funds for cancer research, domestic violence prevention, tuition assistance grants, legal services for the poor, home health-care workers for the disabled, and other areas.

"There is no reason why a government should ever shut down".

This is Christie's first government shutdown in his two terms, and the first since 2006 under Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine.

Christie had initially sought to use the surplus to fund in-patient and out-patient drug-addiction treatment. "Others don't. That's just the way it goes", Christie defiantly told reporters from Trenton on Saturday.

But the threat of losing the $320 million was not easily dismissed for the Democratic holdouts in his caucus.

At a news conference Saturday, Christie said he agreed to the bill sponsored by state Sen.

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. Christie floated the so-called "newspaper revenge" bill he tried to get past year, Prieto said, but the Democratic caucus would not support it. "It's childish behavior", said one beachgoer.

"Horizon is the only company that stayed in the [Obamacare] exchange". I will not tax them anymore and in my budget overall taxes were decreased.

Christie said, "We've closed down everything" officials that believe is "not essential".

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. Forty-one votes are needed to pass the budget.

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