NJ government shutdown could affect your holiday weekend
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jul 03, 2017,
Jul 03, 2017, 1:10
Christie is term-limited. Voters will elect a new governor in November.
At state parks on Saturday, signs announcing the parks' closures and explicitly blaming Prieto have been put up (welcome to New Jersey), but as Politico points out, it is more likely that the historically unpopular Christie will face most of state residents' ire over the shutdown. If the shutdown continues into next week, nobody's getting any new state permits or copies of marriage and birth certificates.
The budget battle is centering around how to fund services to fight drug addiction within the state.
While negotiations continued and lawmakers planned to meet over the weekend, the failure marked a continuation of the unprecedented impasse that's left IL without a full-year budget since mid-2015. Christie has refused to consider the $34.7 billion budget deal without the Horizon bill; Prieto says the Horizon plan is unfair to policyholders and refuses to post it.
TRENTON, NJ- Midnight Friday evening, Governor Chris Christie issued an executive order to shut down the New Jersey Government as budget negotiations could not come to common ground. "This is completely avoidable".
Legislators and government officials (and reporters) in New Jersey spent Saturday shuffling between news conferences and a joint Legislative session in the Senate chamber, but with no new action.
But Prieto said it's he who has already compromised by accepting the bill to transfer the state's lottery to the pension to reduce its unfunded liability. The budget itself is not in controversy.
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".
Either way, Christie's signature on a budget would end the shutdown and bring government back to full force.
After failing to pass a budget before the midnight deadline, NJ Governor Chris Christie ordered a government shutdown.
But the threat of losing the $320 million was not easily dismissed for the Democratic holdouts in his caucus. "In fact, the Assembly Judiciary Committee stands ready to hold hearings starting this month", Prieto said.
Some Democrats in the Senate and Assembly have sided with Christie. And no other proposals reached critical mass. Greenwald said the Horizon deal was one viable option to break the budget impasse.
Horizon opposes the proposed changes. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf supports it, but has yet to say whether he'll sign it if lawmakers can't figure out a spending plan. And it couldn't have come at a worse time: On a holiday weekend when tens of thousands of people flock to the shore. "They don't want additional transparency", he said.
"I've been coming here for 18 years".
If lawmakers don't approve the bill, Mr. Christie said he would line-item veto much of the additional spending added by Democrats from the budget. "Phil Murphy, as the head of his party, should immediately call his political bosses, who are orchestrating this, and tell them to stop playing politics with the lives of the people who will be hurt by a government shutdown".