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NJ Politicians React To Shutdown

New Jersey politicians from Trenton to Washington are reacting to the federal government shutdown with outrage and new political ads.

People look at a sign for informing that the Statue of Liberty is closed
People look at a sign for informing that the Statue of Liberty is closed (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Governor Chris Christie, who has been both criticized and praised for his bipartisanship, was timely in his release of a campaign video touting that ability. “Every accomplishment we’ve had in New Jersey…has been a bipartian accomplishment.”

Another Republican, 2nd district representative Frank LoBiondo says he will not accept any pay during the shutdown.  The south Jersey rep is putting half his staff on furlough as well. He blames Democrats for not being willing to negotiate and Republicans for not changing strategy when it became apparent nothing would pass the Senate.

A shutdown is “not a good message for the rest of the world” but is more worried about the approaching debt limit ceiling deadline and President Obama’s attitude of “you either do it my way or there’s nothing going to be done.”

With congress’ approval rating, LoBiondo hopes voters will look at the candidates’ entire record when it’s time to cast a vote.

12th Congressional district representative Rush Holt (D) blamed the Tea Party for the shutdown calling the their influence to cause “one pathetic move after another.”

— Rush Holt (@RushHolt) October 1, 2013

 

Holt says he is not forfeiting his pay like LoBiondo because he and his staff are continuing to work through the shutdown at the same level.

“We’ve already compromised” on the Affordable Care Act agreed a strident Representative. Bill Pascrell (D) told the Star Ledger. “They want to dismantle (the plan), and it’s not going to happen.”

Tom Mongelli contributed to this report


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