Friday, June 30, 2017

As shutdown looms, Christie still railing against Horizon

Christie_hours_before_possible_state_shutdown_-_June_30_2017Anjalee Khemlani reports for NJBIZ:
The state has about six hours before it shuts down, but Gov. Chris Christie said he is still willing to work on passing a budget before midnight if the Legislature brings him a majority-approved compromise from both houses.
Christie blamed the budget impasse on Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Secaucus), who refuses to introduce a bill to reorganize Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey that Christie wants as part of a package deal for him to pass the $35.5 billion budget.
Christie called for a meeting with legislative leaders at 2 p.m., which included Prieto, state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford), Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck), Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge), and Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic), which ended after roughly 1.5 hours and no agreement.
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