Chris Christie Announces New Jersey Government Shutdown, Orders State Of Emergency

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Illinois, Maine, Connecticut: the end of the old fiscal year and the failure of numerous states to enter the new one with a budget, means that some of America's most populous states have seen their local governments grind to a halt overnight until some spending agreement is reached. Now we can also add New Jersey to this list.

On Saturday morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency in the state, and announced a partial state government shutdown as New Jersey become the latest state to enter the new fiscal year without an approved budget after the Republican governor and the Democrat-led Legislature failed to reach an agreement by the deadline at midnight Friday, CBS New York reports.

In a news conference Saturday morning, Christie blamed Democratic State Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto for causing the shutdown. And, just like Illinois and Connecticut, Christie and the Democrat-led Legislature are returning to work in hopes of resolving the state's first government shutdown since 2006 and the first under Christie, before NJ is downgraded further by the rating agencies.

"If there's not a resolution to this today, everyone will be back tomorrow," Christie said, calling the shutdown "embarrassing and pointless." He also repeatedly referred to the government closure as "the speaker's shutdown."  Christie later announced that he would address the full legislature later at the statehouse on Saturday.

Prieto remained steadfast in his opposition, reiterating that he won't consider the plan as part of the budget process but would consider it once a budget is signed.  Referring to the shutdown as "Gov. Christie's Hostage Crisis Day One," Prieto said he has made compromises that led to the budget now before the Legislature.


"I am also ready to consider reasonable alternatives that protect ratepayers, but others must come to the table ready to be equally reasonable," Prieto said. "Gov. Christie and the legislators who won't vote 'yes' on the budget are responsible for this unacceptable shutdown. I compromised. I put up a budget bill for a vote. Others now must now do their part and fulfill their responsibilities."

Politics aside, the diplomaitc failure has immediate consequences for Jersey residents: Christie ordered nonessential services to close beginning Saturday. New Jerseyans were feeling the impact as the shutdown took effect, shuttering state parks and disrupting ferry service to Liberty and Ellis islands. Among those affected were a group of Cub Scouts forced to leave a state park campsite and people trying to obtain or renew documents from the state motor vehicle commission, among the agencies closed by the shutdown.

As funds run out elsewhere, it will only get worse.  Police were turning away vehicles and bicyclists at Island Beach state park in Ocean County.

A sign posted at the park entrance featured a photo of Prieto and the phone number of his district office in Secaucus, along with the caption: "This facility is CLOSED because of this man."

When asked about the sign, Christie spokesman Jeremy Rosen said the governor wanted to make sure people knew why the site was shuttered.  "Speaker Prieto singlehandedly closed state government," Rosen said, adding that the governor wanted to make sure families "knew that the facilities were closed and who is responsible."

Not all things will be affected: remaining open under the shutdown will be New Jersey Transit, state prisons, the state police, state hospitals and treatment centers as well as casinos, race tracks and the lottery. 

A major point of disagreement is the ongoing stalemate between Christie and lawmakers over whether to include legislation affecting the state's largest health insurer into the state budget.

Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney agree on legislation to make over Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, including allowing the state insurance commissioner to determine a range for the company's surplus that if exceeded must be put to use benefiting the public and policyholders.  But Prieto opposes the plan, saying that the legislation could lead to rate hikes on the insurer's 3.8 million subscribers and that the legislation is separate from the budget.  Prieto has said he will leave open a vote on the $34.7 billion budget that remains deadlocked 26-25, with 24 abstentions, until those 24 abstentions change their mind.

Democratic Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, of Northfield, was among those abstaining. He reasoned that if the governor did not get the Horizon bill, then nearly $150 million in school funding -- $9.6 million of which would go to his district -- would be line-item vetoed out of the budget.   And indeed, Christie said Friday during a news conference that he would slash the Democratic spending priorities if he did not get the Horizon bill as part of a package deal on the budget.  "You want me to wave a magic wand to get a budget?" Christie said. "I can't get a budget to my desk. Only the Senate and Assembly can get the budget to my desk."

But where things may get nasty quick, is that Christie said public workers should not expect any back pay. "Yeah, don't count on it." Christie said of furlough pay. "That was Jon 'I'll Fight For a Good Contract For You' Corzine. I ain't him."

Meanwhile, the fingerpointing has begun, including Democrats pointing at other Democrats.

"It seems like he's just being stubborn," Mazzeo said of Prieto. "With all due respect to the speaker, then there should be some type of negotiations." But Prieto said it's lawmakers - fellow Democrats - like Mazzeo who are to blame for the shutdown. He said he is willing to discuss the Horizon legislation but after the budget is resolved.

Christie has balked at the proposal because he says lawmakers plan to leave town to campaign for re-election and he will be a lame duck.  According to CBS, all 120 lawmakers face voters this year.

Finally, putting the sheer chaos of it all in context, Christie who is term-limited and is expected to be out of office by January, has his family staying for the holiday weekend in a state-owned house at Island Beach State Park. The park is closed because of the shutdown.

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Gordon_Gekko's picture

AWESOME is the only word I can think of to describe all this.


GUS100CORRINA's picture

Chris Christie Announces New Jersey Government Shutdown, Orders State Of Emergency

My response: ROFL!!!!!!!! First it was IL, then CT, followed by MAINE and now NJ!!!!

The GIG is UP!!! THE BULLSHIT IS OVER!!!! We can no longer PAPER over everything!!!! 

This could be remedial judgment from GOD like the harbinger of 911!!! The poetic justice in all of this is more than I can stand!!!

American Psycho's picture

Government shut down, it's what all the cool kids are doing these days; it's all the rave. 

Fish Gone Bad's picture

I guess its time for government firestarters to come out and start burning shit down.  Fahrenheit 451, only different.

From Kick-Ass2:

in4mayshun's picture

You're a dolt. Trump or no Trump, this sucker is going down. It's just simple math.
We're all screwed.

BennyBoy's picture


Christie is a lying, corrupt, fat fuck.

playit's picture

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

Ajax-1's picture

Prove it by posting your tax returns. Otherwise, STFU.

Backin2006's picture

Closing the State Park is a trick out of Robert Moses's book. If politicians cared, they'd open it with a skeleton staff or even none at all.

overbet's picture

We've been under a dark cloud on the wrong path. Dealing with reality is a step in the right direction.

takeaction's picture

YES  The Dark Cloud is your SHIT SPAM links that NONE OF US CLICK ON ....LOSER.

Troy Ounce's picture



Gubbermint shutdown?

Nobody will notice the difference.

AVmaster's picture

For the most part, predictions made back in 2011 are holding true:

FoggyWorld's picture

Normal times that would be true but to take away the parks from the people on July 4th weekend isn't quite the same.   Maybe those clowns in Trenton need to pass a law after Tubby leaves saying that there will never be a government shutdown on a holiday weekend.  And maybe name it the "Christie is gone forever" Bill.


The dark cloud is the trillions of dollars and thousands of lives the govt has spent on usless foreign wars while the country goes broke.

We atleast the govt will have great weapons when rebellions breakout.

Bill of Rights's picture

Lmao ok clown when this blows it will be global, but you just keep in thinking you're immune...

thatthingcanfly's picture

Does this mean Chris Christie's food supply is going to be cut off?

Delving Eye's picture

Put that fat pantload on a bridge to nowheresville and watch it collapse.

JethroBodien's picture

Give him a golden parachute so he can be on his way... or is that a golden shower??

JethroBodien's picture

5 states collapsing economically, at free fall speed into their own footprint is good for the economy, right??  Right??

Ajax-1's picture

Of course. Just like when Nancy Pelosi proclaimed that welfare is good for the economy and help people to pursue their passions, hobbies and interestes such as painting etc.

Akzed's picture

Government shuts down every Friday evening and I hardly notice.

JethroBodien's picture

Dont worry the FED can print an infinite amout of fiat so federal government ok...

dr kill's picture

Exactly. This is the warm up to a Fed shutdown coming in October. Get the popcorn. This time it's for real.

JusticeTBuford's picture

Couldn't that cop in the picture be doing something more effective and useful?  Not like he needs to be there with barricades.  What happens to the people who bought a 3 day fishing permit for $75?  You giving them their money back?


Photo op bullshit at best.

crazzziecanuck's picture

Since NJ employees aren't getting paid, we can just assume Christie and the Assembly aren't either, right?

Bigly's picture

A couple more states and we have a 600 mile stretch of bankrupt!!!

American Psycho's picture

Balanced budgets should be written into the consititution.  If the masses want a large welfare state should feel the financial burden of financing it with tax dollars. 

Bigly's picture

Agreed. The fact that these states repeatedly think they can ignore making tough decisions means this needs to be required.

Kidbuck's picture

If the masses want a welfare state, tough shit. Let them give their own money to charity.

American Psycho's picture


I am in total alignment with this statement.  Welfare should be given from family, community, your religous institution, and charity.  My point is that the masses will not fully comprehend the cost of the policies they support until it hits their pocketbook. And by the way, this also goes for the warfare state, foreign aid, corporate subsidies, etc...  If individual states were to, in essence, hand their citizens a bill for all the state sponsored programs they want, I suspect people would start voting in a significantly different manner. Or they would look to move to statres more in alignment with how they wanted to live.



crazzziecanuck's picture

Yeah, like the masses are living large off the government teat.

garypaul's picture

Yeah, but I bet a magical solution is agreed upon Sunday night.

Libtard's picture

A little over 2 months til Sep 23rd....

yogibear's picture

There are only so many of those $100,000 to $250,000/yr public pensions that taxpayers can afford to pay. Retiring in the 50's with those fat public sector pensions depleats the public budgets.

Delving Eye's picture

Public-school principals and school superintendents come to mind. Those motherfuckers are rich, and school scores are in the toilet. WTF??

jerry_theking_lawler's picture

Because school is not about education....haven't you guys figured this out yet?

peopledontwanttruth's picture

That was actually 9 words. LOL. It will burn you'll get your wish

King of Ruperts Land's picture

AWESOME is one word.

I am all for BURNING. Just one thing stops me. I feel I would be responsible for what comes after the burning. When there is a clear plan for what we will do after the burning, then count me in.

So, I suggest work on two fronts.

1. Push hard in the right direction within the overall structure we have.

2. Work on plans and structures so different from what we have that that a burning and rebuilding would be best. Don't start the burning until it is very clear were we are going. NOTE : Communism starts with burning. (DANGER)

FURTHER NOTE: The original American Republic idea was very good if we could just get back to being a virtuous people.

peopledontwanttruth's picture

Thanks I must have gotten sidetracked with the capitals.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

I know. Its fight club. Any excuse to get in the ring. Sometimes I just read the headline and head for the comments ooops.

Rockatanski's picture

all the effeminant males and bull dykes will have to relocate to canada though.

drendebe10's picture

Stoopud fukn corrupt elected turds tax & spend, tax & spend then spend more with no accountability. Worse the do nothing money fir nothing gubmint bureaucrats running useless fukn gubmint programs with theur fat benefits & pensions drain the state coffers @ the expense of hard working tax paying citizens. Fukemall. 

Gordon_Gekko's picture

All government must SHUTDOWN. PERMANENTLY. FOREVER. There is not a single use for it.