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New Jersey Government Enters Third Day of Shutdown on Budget Impasse

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  • Photos of Christie at closed, state-run beach touch a nerve
  • Legislature divided on bill to tap Medicaid insurer’s surplus

New Jersey’s government shutdown entered a third day as lawmakers failed to approve a budget for fiscal 2018 and social media lambasted Governor Chris Christie and his family for lounging on a state-run beach closed to the public.

As many as 35,000 state workers were furloughed and Christie has said they will not be paid for time off once the stalemate ends. Motor-vehicle offices, courts and parks were closed, while services deemed essential -- including state police, New Jersey Transit bus and rail and welfare services -- were operating. Under the state constitution, the government closes if a spending plan isn’t in place by July 1.