As of midnight July 1, all nonessential state services have been shut down in New Jersey because of a standoff between Governor Christie and democratic assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto.
"Yes, this was a big snow, but we are a northeastern state, and we get plenty of snow, including heavy hits like this", Christie's spokesman at the time Michael Drewniak, adding that criticism of the governor was "overblown".
The Senate passed a form of the legislation Christie is demanding, but Vincent Prieto, the speaker of the Assembly, said Friday that he would "absolutely not" pass the Horizon bill.
"It's seems so hypocritical to me that Governor Christie orders a state government shutdown - which included Island Beach State Park - affecting the livelihoods of business along the northern barrier island and the Fourth of July weekend plans of thousands of folks", Wirth said.
If the deadline passes without a budget in place, the state will have its first shutdown since 2006 under Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine.
The shutdown in Maine came after 60 House Republicans voted to block a $7.1 billion two-year spending plan, Maine Public Media reported, leaving lawmakers 13 votes shy of the two-thirds vote needed to pass the emergency budget.
During the shutdown, state parks and beaches were closed, and Atlantic City's casinos had to shut their doors because gambling inspectors were among those furloughed.
"There is no reason why a government should ever shut down". "It's outside the budget, it has nothing to do with it", he said.
At issue is Christie's proposal to overhaul the state's largest health insurer.
The term-limited, unpopular governor delivered a roughly half-hour speech to a joint session on a rare Saturday session, blaming the shutdown on Prieto, whose photo the administration has placed at the closed entrances of state parks. "Others don't. That's just the way it goes", Christie defiantly told reporters from Trenton on Saturday. "It's a government for the people by the people, not for them", said one driver. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno was also on vacation at the time in Mexico, forcing State senate President Stephen Sweeney, a Democrat, to serve as acting governor.
It does not affect essential services, such as the New Jersey State Police, psychiatric hospitals, of NJ Transit operations.
While Horizon remains vehemently opposed to the bill, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel.
'I don't know if it's fair, but they're not asking for any services, ' Christie said. "We had an opportunity to get together in rooms over those hours and hammer out a compromise, and we didn't". "Others must now do their part and fulfill their responsibilities".
The shutdown could be short-lived, however, as Christie called a special legislative session for 11 a.m. ET on Saturday to continue working on a deal.