BREAKING: Government shutdown in NJ due to bitter political stalemate in Christie's final yr. State parks CLOSED for start of July 4th wknd.
— Matt Katz (@mattkatz00) July 1, 2017
This is one of the biggest weekends of the year for shore town economies and the governor is holding them hostage to hold a pissing contest pic.twitter.com/BQMADQkvgn
— Kate Aronoff (@KateAronoff) July 1, 2017
Who knew that the man who may end up destroying the northeastern transportation network would injure the NJ economy out of spite https://t.co/1ABrE36IZC
— Scott Lemieux (@LemieuxLGM) July 1, 2017
He is banking everything on that sports radio show, isn't he? https://t.co/xC10mhytGd
— Richard M. Nixon (@dick_nixon) July 1, 2017
When you’re as thirsty as Crispie Christie, even negative attention is better than no attention at all…
— POLITICO (@politico) July 2, 2017
Gov. Chris Christie joined his family at a state-owned retreat in Island Beach State Park on Saturday night, less than 24 hours after ordering the closure of all state parks and beaches because of the budget impasse in Trenton.
The governor addressed members of the Legislature about the stalemate on Saturday and then left the capital for the park, a spokesman confirmed Sunday morning.
Christie, his wife, his children and their guests have the run of the 10-mile barrier island, where police are turning away all others visitors over the long holiday weekend.
During a news conference in Trenton, Christie said it was his right to stay in the park even if no one else can visit.
“That’s because the governor has a residence at Island Beach. Others don’t,” Christie said on Saturday, the first day of the state shutdown. “It’s just the way it goes. Run for governor and then you can have the residence.”…
The property is guarded by state police, who are not subject to the shutdown order. The governor has a personal security detail that follows him everywhere he goes….
As they say in Asbury Park: Christ, what an asshole.
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) July 2, 2017