Budget update – 9:20 p.m. June 30, 2017
New Jersey is less than 3 hours from a government stop. Christie invited Democratic leaders into her office to strike a deal. The last one on budget negotiations at 9:20 p.m. on June 30, 2017.
Michael Karas / NorthJersey.com
The first government shutdown since 2006 has taken place.
Just after midnight Saturday, the governor’s office posted just one headline on its website: “New Jersey government shuts down due to Assembly inaction on FY18 budget.”
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The vote on a budget in the Democratic-led assembly stalled on Friday. President Vincent Prieto said at the time that he blamed a possible shutdown on the two dozen members who abstained.
Christie said at a press conference on Friday that he didn’t care how he would be viewed during a shutdown.
“I’m upset because this will upset the people of New Jersey,” he said. “That’s the only reason I’m upset. If not, inherit all this other stuff, please. There will be a long list of pros and cons on my legacy. “
The issue boils down to compromise, he said, adding that his willingness to accept Democratic spending preferences despite being able to veto them shows he is bending.
He was called “Mr. Reasonable.”
But Prieto said it was he who had already compromised by agreeing to the bill to transfer the state lottery to the pension to reduce his unfunded liability.
He says he’s not budging on the Horizon bill and now is not a good time to consider legislation that could affect taxpayers at a time when Republicans in Congress are debating “Trumpcare,” a clear reference. the delayed GOP efforts to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
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In 2006, when the government closed under Democratic Governor Jon Corzine, road construction projects had to stop. Motor vehicle offices have closed and about 45,000 state employees have been put on leave. State courts were closed for everything except emergencies. State-run parks, beaches and historic sites remained open during the July 4 vacation, but subsequently closed.
Contribution: The Associated Press
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