He reiterated that he had compromised on the bill that ultimately passed in the Senate and that he was willing to sign a budget with the 72 Democratic priorities intact if the Assembly Speaker delivered the Horizon bill.
"This is no way to lead, and the people of New Jersey deserve better".
But the Christie family will have Island Beach State Park to themselves and their friends.
"They send me a budget with Horizon and with the Lottery then these 73 spending items will stay", Christie said at a press conference on Friday. "Run for governor and you can have a residence".
Denise Wirth, 57, of Lavallette, was furious Saturday. And that's a boon to his business, which he says carries all beach essentials.
For the first time in over a decade, New Jersey's government shut down on Friday night after Governor Chris Christie and state lawmakers failed to pass a budget.
New Jersey's government shutdown is dragging on without a resolution to the stalemate between Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno was also on vacation at the time in Mexico, forcing State senate President Stephen Sweeney, a Democrat, to serve as acting governor.
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He demanded that Bob Marino come to the State House for a 1 p.m. meeting on Monday.
"I don't know if it's fair, Michael, but they are not asking for any services", Christie said in response to a reporter's question. "70% of my business comes from visitors to Island Beach State Park".
Although that park was also closed, there was no police presence enforcing the shutdown.
The shutdown would mean the state's non-essential services, like state parks and motor vehicle offices would close. "I would hate to see their reputations damaged ... by not coming to the table now and finding a solution". The lighthouse itself was locked, much to the disappointment of those around them.
A balanced budget must be signed into law before midnight in order to avert a shutdown, but as the day wore on, lawmakers seemed resigned to the fact that one inevitable. "I have my boat here and I can't get my boat, no good", he added. "Apparently, there was no progress?" "There was a little kid looking up at the lighthouse, 'Oh, the lighthouse is closed!' This is the one weekend of the year when it should be open".
Because the family rents out their island home to tourists for the rest of the summer, this was their last opportunity to visit the lighthouse. "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. "It's unfortunate that it's on the Fourth of July weekend". Christie's office indicated that those parks and beaches would be closed, although their municipal counterparts will remain open.