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Governor Chris Christie speaks to a joint session of legislators regarding the budget and government shutdown while in the Senate Chambers at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
Gov. Chris Christie speaks to a joint session of legislators regarding the government shutdown in Trenton, N.J. on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Will Horizon changes that held up budget have much impact?

In the end, changes at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield enacted as part of the budget bargain were less sweeping than Gov. Chris Christie or the Senate hoped.

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Horizon meeting leads to new legislation and optimism

Legislative staffers are writing a new bill that could break the logjam holding up passage of the state budget, following meetings Monday at the Statehouse.

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The state Assembly chamber on Monday morning, 63 hours into the budget vote. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
The state Assembly chamber on Monday morning, 63 hours into the budget vote. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Shutdown drags on: ‘Look, it’s not ending today’

New Jersey’s government shutdown will continue on the Fourth of July, keeping state parks closed, even if progress is made Monday, says the Senate president.

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Senate President Stephen Sweeney (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Senate President Stephen Sweeney (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Next stage for budget grief starts Monday: Bargaining

The budget stalled over disagreement on whether to exact changes at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield. Company officials agreed to meet lawmakers Monday.

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NJ Senate Pres. Steve Sweeney
NJ Senate Pres. Steve Sweeney (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Horizon ‘in the conversation’ as shutdown continues, Sweeney says

Senate President Steve Sweeney said he's been trying to meet with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield for over a week with no response.

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Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto wants to expand paid family leave. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto wants to expand paid family leave. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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NJ legislators defend Horizon against the ‘Budget Bully’

The opposition is building. The Governor is fighting hard to pull off what we're referring to as the #HorizonRaid but there are NJ legislators that are fighting just as hard to put a stop to it.

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Budget Presser
Tim Larsen/Governor's Office
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Shutdown showdown: What’s next in state budget impasse?

Unless someone changes his position, it’s difficult to foresee how the budget impasse ends without a temporary shutdown of some government services.

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Gov. Chris Christie joined New Jersey 101.5's Eric Scott Monday, June 26 for "Ask the Governor." (Louis C. Hochman / Townsquare Media)
Gov. Chris Christie joined New Jersey 101.5's Eric Scott Monday, June 26 for "Ask the Governor." (Louis C. Hochman / Townsquare Media)
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‘How about them apples?’ — Christie closer to using Horizon’s reserve for opioid programs

A state Senate committee handed the governor a victory as hundreds of Horizon employees protested, trying to keep control of $300 million the governor hopes to use.

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Horizon Health Care
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Christie announces fine against Horizon, pushes reform. Is it ‘retaliation’?

Penalties over Medicaid billing issues aren’t typically disclosed by the Department of Human Services, let alone announced publicly by Gov. Chris Christie.

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peaker of the New Jersey General Assembly Vincent Prieto
peaker of the New Jersey General Assembly Vincent Prieto (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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Christie’s Blue Cross Blue Shield surplus proposal dead

House Speaker Vincent Prieto on Tuesday told reporters the idea will not get a committee hearing because there is "no appetite for it."

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