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State Government Shutdown Ends: Island Beach State Park Reopens Today

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Governor Chris Christie Credits: TAPinto Stafford / LBI Staff
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TRENTON, N.J. -- Gov. Chris Christie agreed late Monday to sign a budget deal and end a government shutdown that had closed state parks and beaches to the public.  

The governor ordered all closed state parks to reopen for the Fourth of July.  State government will open on Wednesday and state workers will get a paid holiday on Tuesday, July 4.

Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced the budget deal earlier Monday. The deal calls for a $34.7 billion budget that includes more than $300 million in Democratic spending priorities and is part of an agreement to overhaul the state's largest health insurer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield.

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The Horizon legislation calls for annual audits of the nonprofit's reserve level, sets a range for reserves and requires excess to be spent on policyholders. The budget stalemate centered on Christie's desire for Horizon to give $300 million dollars from their reserve account to pay for the expansion of services for those dealing with addiction in the state.  .

Ocean County experienced Island Beach State Park, just north of Barnegat Light being shut down along with other nonessential state services.  The other areas affecting Stafford and LBI residents include state courts in Toms River and the motor vehicle offices where people go to get driver's licenses and registrations, etc.  

Tens of thousands of state workers were furloughed during the three day shutdown.

The key players in the shutdown were Governor Christie, who would not sign the Democratic backed budget without getting funding from Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield to assist in his new opoid addiction prevention campaign.  

Steve Sweeney has been the top elected Democrat for the past eight years, serving as Senate President.

Vincent Prieto is a former plumber from Hudson County and was adamantly opposed to charging Horizon $300 million from it's surplus for Christie's initiative.  He was strongly opposed knowing that the insurer would pass the cost on to New Jersey's policyholders.

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Important Message for Florham Park Residents Regarding the Fourth of July

Important July 4th Celebration Reminder - Please be advised in the interest of safety and security, the entire parade route will be CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC beginning at 8:30am on July 4, 2018. This will impact residents who live along the parade route and all of the side streets that connect to the parade route. (Please see the map attached to this post)

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DevCo is building a new version of Rutgers "The Yard." You may be surprised to see where.

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NEW BRUNSWICK - In 2016, Rutgers University proudly opened “The Yard,” a student housing and retail complex along College Avenue built under the direction of the New Brunswick Development Corp.

Now the corporation, the non-profit development arm for the City of New Brunswick and commonly known as DevCo, is replicating the housing and commercial construction more than two hours ...

Shore Travel Idea - Visit the Debut of Belmar Arts’ Sculpture Garden and Labyrinth - June 2

BELMAR, NJ — Need an excuse to visit Belmar this weekend?  Curious about the eclectic collection of sculpture and other objects that occupies a small corner outside the Belmar Arts Center on River Road?  Why not solve both needs at once?

The public is invited to learn more about the Belmar Arts Sculpture Garden and Labyrinth during its official opening on Saturday, June 2 ...

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1896 Miles Away But Hanover Park Stands with Sante Fe

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EAST HANOVER, N.J.- After the awful events at Santa Fe High School last month, students at Hanover Park organized support. Under the supervision of Kim Lurz, and staff assistance, the students created a banner and put together giftbags for the victims of the attack. Recently students from Santa Fe High were featured on the  TODAY show and brought along the banner. 

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The Community is Invited to the Madison Area YMCA’s Celebration of Impact Barbecue 

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Come celebrate! The Madison Area YMCA invites the community to its Celebration of Impact Barbecue on the grounds of the Madison Area YMCA's Family Center, located at 111 Kings Road in Madison on Sunday, June 24, from 1-3 p.m.

This FREE family-friendly event celebrates our members, families, donors and friends, and the Y’s impact on our community. With food, music and games, ...