Christie's family can go to NJ state beach, but you can't

A view of the New Jersey State House the area's capitol building

But the closure of the 10-mile barrier island in Ocean County won't be affecting Gov. Chris Christie and his guests, who have use of the gubernatorial beach house and guest house.

Speaking Sunday at a news conference, Christie said he flew Saturday from Trenton to Island Beach State Park and then went back to the capital Sunday.

Later in the evening, Prieto said the idea of revisiting legislation giving New Jersey governments the option of publishing legal notices online rather than mandating that they appear in newspapers was floated, but it was rejected.

He announced his plans to spend the weekend with his wife and children at the beach home, but stayed in Trenton on Saturday due to the shutdown.

The issue comes down to compromise, he said, adding that his willingness to agree to Democratic spending preferences despite having the ability to line-item veto them shows he's bending.

Prieto held a vote Friday on the budget that remained deadlocked with only 26 yes votes out of 41 needed to prevail.

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Secaucus) has repeatedly said he wants more time, beyond the five days from when the bill was introduced June 23 to the time it was passed out of the Senate budget committee, to vet the bill and allow for changes.

But Prieto says he's concerned about tweaking the state's biggest insurer, which is a nonprofit that has four board members appointed by the governor, at a time when congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump are contemplating overhauling the Affordable Care Act.

Businessman and publisher Steve Forbes called Christie's plan political "extortion".

This was the first government shut down in over a decade, and the timing couldn't be worse. Municipal parks are still open and New Jersey transit is still running, but all non-essential offices are closed.

While Horizon remains vehemently opposed to the bill, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel.

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".

'The governor has a residence at Island Beach, ' the unconcerned politician said to the NY Post.

"We knew this was probably coming, but it's still a shame we have to head out", Spears said.

While the state will continue to provide emergency services, it was less clear Friday how other agencies would operate during the shutdown.

The state is under the second shutdown in its history after the Legislature, controlled by Democrats, failed to reach an agreement by a midnight Friday deadline.

Prieto has already signed off on the other bill Christie wants that would shift lottery revenue to the state's fiscally troubled public employee pension system. "Others must now do their part and fulfill their responsibilities".

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