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Chris Christie relaxes on beach he closed

04 July 2017

The shut down could possibly disrupt the 4 of July celebrations with the closure of the national parks endangering the fireworks display ahead of the holiday weekend.

Gov. Chris Christie is defending his use of a beach closed to the public during New Jersey's government shutdown, saying he had previously announced his vacation plans and the media had simply "caught a politician keeping his word". "I am sure they will get a Pulitzer for this one", Christie said.

At that news conference, the reporters asked Christie if he got any sun Sunday.

"Well, I'm sorry, they're not the governor", Christie responded. "I didn't get any sun today".

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The governor and his family's presence didn't require state services, according to NJ.com, but a state helicopter reportedly shepherded Christie back and forth between the shore and Trenton.

"He had a baseball hat on", Murray said. "That's where my family is sleeping, so that's where I'll sleep tonight". Before the shutdown, the governor said he and his family planned to celebrate their son's birthday at the summer house.

Christie went on to mock NJ Advanced Media, aka The Star-Ledger, for taking and publishing the photos. One of the closed attractions that people couldn't get to was Island Beach State Park, unless of course, you were part of the Christie family. While he said he would typically make his remarks from the Assembly chambers, Christie told the Legislature he was barred by Prieto.

He sarcastically complimented reporters for a "great bit of journalism".

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Christie's executive order, declaring a state of emergency, closes non-essential services around the state.

Christie is expected to exit from his governor role when his eight-year term ends in January 2018.

"Run for governor and you can have a residence there", he said when asked whether the situation was fair to other New Jersey citizens. New Jerseyans don't know who Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto is, but they do know Chris Christie.

New Jersey officials are looking for ways to ensure that Atlantic City's casinos can remain open if the state government shutdown extends past Friday.

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The budget dispute began after the state Senate passed a bill granting the state the authority to determine how much money Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield can keep in its surplus fund before it is required to contribute to a public health fund.