TRENTON, NJ - Day Two of the shut down of New Jersey's government continued on Sunday after legislators failed to find a compromise on the 2018 state budget during an emergency meeting at the Statehouse Saturday, yet Governor Chirs Christie and his family are spending the holiday weekend at the governor's oceanfront retreat at Island Beach State Park, which has been closed to the public. .
Members of the state Assembly and Senate are not expected to meet again until Monday afternoon, ensuring the shut down of New Jersey's state beaches, parks and other non-essential services will continue into a third day during the July 4th holiday weekend.
Gov. Chris Christie issued an executive order effective at midnight Saturday to shut down the New Jersey's government after he and the legislators hit an impasse.
The Governor took to Twitter claiming :
"The Legislature’s inability to approve an FY18 State Budget by the June 30th deadline has forced the closure of state government."
He also claims Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto "unnecessarily stalled the budget process..inconveniencing everyone living in our state."
Says New Jersey Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin (D-18) "Too much time has been wasted. It’s time for us to work on getting New Jersey back to work for our residents. Our state employees deserve it. Our residents deserve it. And we will be in Trenton until a compromise that provides property tax relief for the residents in 18th Legislative District is reached."