>> The DEP has been ordered by me to have all state parks open.>> New Jersey Governor Chris Christie opening his state's beaches and parks, just in time for July 4th. Signing a budget bill Tuesday, to end a government shutdown. The three-day partial shutdown became a major embarrassment for the governor, after he was spotted relaxing at Island Beach State Park, which was closed to everyone else over the July 4th weekend.
>> One of the great bits of investigative journalism all time. They investigated and found out that a politician was where he said he was going to be, with who he said he was going to be with. Now if they'd flown that plane over that beach, and I was sitting next to a 25 year old blonde in that beach chair next to me, that's a story.
I wasn't sitting next to a 25 year old blonde. I was sitting next to my wife of 31 years.>> The $34.7 billion budget deal includes reshaping the state's largest health insurer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield. Horizon was at the center of last week's political deadlock. After assembly speaker and Democrat, Vincent Prieto, refused to pass a budget that would take money from Horizon, to fund a drug addiction services, a policy backed by Christie.
After long talks that dragged on up until late Monday night, Prietto was happy with the agreement.>> It's a great day for the residents of the state of New Jersey. I wish we would've done this on Friday.>> Christie on Monday night, said he took quote, special action, to allow July 4th to be a paid holiday for those who were off.
And he said he also wished lawmakers came to a compromise last week.>> If they had, we wouldn't have had to close down government on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd. But that's what the constitution requires.