Politics

People Are Outraged Over What This Governor Did After Shutting Down The State's Beaches

July 3rd 2017

By:
Ngozi Ahanotu

This holiday weekend, New Jersey state beaches were not open to the public due to a state government shutdown.

The shut down was called by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Saturday because of an inability by the state's legislature to reach a budget for the fiscal year.

So when the state's residents found out the Republican was enjoying beach time with his family on Sunday, Twitter erupted.

At a press conference on Sunday, following his time at the beach, Christie was asked if he went to the beach. “I didn’t. I didn’t get any sun today,” Christie said in response.

However, later that day, it was revealed that he actually had been to the beach by a local media outlet, with Brian Murray, the governor's spokesman, addressing the controversial photos by saying, "Yes, the governor was on the beach briefly today talking to his wife and family before heading into the office."

He went on to say: "He did not get any sun," before adding, "he had a baseball hat on."

Christie later poorly defended his use of state property by saying, "That's the way it goes. Run for governor, and you can have the residence."

What’s the hold up on the budget?

Christie mentioned his frustration with the shut down at the Sunday press conference; but ultimately the hold up of the state budget is because of legislation surrounding the state’s largest health insurer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, CNN reports.

A focus for his term in office is drug use, specifically heroin and opiates. A friend of his passed away from the painkiller addiction and Christie has made it his business to get Horizon on board to foot the bill on this cause.

This is the first New Jersey government shut down since 2006 and, as of Monday, it's day three, of Christie not budging on the shut down. But the state will keep certain agencies open that are essential to city's business – NJ Transit, hospitals, correctional facilities and the state police.

Christie has said he will consider legislation that's set to overhaul Horizon but, at this time, nothing has come across his desk.