Also closed was Island Beach State Park, where the state owns a residence that the governor can use.
"This order is necessary to maintain the protection, safety and well-being of the people of New Jersey while I attempt to convince the Legislature to send me a fiscally responsible budget that I can sign and re-open New Jersey's government", Christie said. "But Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto needlessly stalled the budget process, forcing the closure of New Jersey government and inconveniencing everyone living in and visiting our state", Christie said.
Christie addressed the legislature Saturday afternoon, saying Horizon is making huge profits without any control by state government, which created Horizon in the first place.
Horizon has said it now operates within a range of 550 to 700 percent, most recently stating it anticipates finishing the year at 585 percent.
But Christie has conditioned his signing of the budget, including the Democratic priorities and additional school funding, on the passage of the Horizon legislation.
Christie is still railing against the insurer and its $2.4 billion reserve, and Vitale's bill created a wider net for the state by giving authority to the state Department of Banking and Insurance to annually define what an excess of reserves is, as well as how to use the funds - not mandating they be used for the opioid battle.
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But Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Democrat, refused to allow the bill to come to a vote in the House, nj.com said. "ME has plenty of revenue to fund state government without raising taxes".
DE lawmakers have given up trying to pass a budget for the fiscal year that started Saturday as Republicans refused to support higher income taxes proposed by Gov. John Carney and fellow Democrats to fund a proposed $4 billion spending plan. "It's a government for the people by the people, not for them", said one driver. Lawmakers would have to agree to include that proposal in the 2018 state budget; The state Senate on Thursday voted to approve a budget plan including the Horizon component; some members pushed back on the proposal, including Bateman, who voted no. He also said that he would sign a budget without his stipulations of an overhaul of Horizon's healthcare or the allocation lottery funds, but warned that a lot of the 73 spending items required by the Democrats would have to go.
The Senate legislation requires the company to publish financial information and elect public board members.
"It's a holiday weekend", she told CBS2's Jessica Borg. "Others now must now do their part and fulfill their responsibilities".
"We know where the governor's at with this", Sweeney said. He said that although Christie wants the Horizon deal, he offered the Assembly Democrats an opportunity to present another idea that would reduce future taxes.
While the gates were closed to prevent motor vehicles from entering the parking lot, this state park was full of visitors who had simply parked elsewhere and walked in through the open pedestrian entrance.