TRENTON, NJ - Day Two of the shut down of New Jersey's government continues today after legislators failed to find a compromise on the 2018 state budget during an emergency meeting at the Statehouse yesterday.
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 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.
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 "unneccessarily stalled the budget process..inconveniencing everyone living in our state."
State Sen.Christopher "Kip" Bateman, R-16th, criticized both Christie and Prieto.
"I feel terrible for the people," Bateman said after leaving Trenton on Saturday. "They should be sitting down in a room together to work this out, but no one wants to give an inch. They're both backed into a corner and no one wants to give an inch."
Bateman voted against S-4, stating that it could pave the way for the government to raid Horizon’s reserve funds at the expense of the millions who rely on the insurer.