As His Popularity Craters, Christie Eyes Another Sharp-Elbow Job: Sports Radio Host

“Just the beginning of the humiliation.”

That was Gov. Chris Christie’s playful self-assessment of his performance on Monday singing the opening jingle as the guest host of a sports talk-radio show. In some ways, it was an unintentional summary of Mr. Christie’s current political life. Another humiliation began not long before the show started.

An hour earlier, a poll from Monmouth University found that his constituents were furious that he enjoyed a state beach all to himself during a government shutdown, with more than 80 percent of New Jersey residents saying they disapproved of his job performance. Only 15 percent approved, the lowest of any New Jersey governor since state polls were first taken. Six percent of those polled “simply used some form of profanity to express their sentiments about Christie’s beach day,” according to a news release that accompanied the poll.

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Cost of Hudson Tunnel Project Could Hit Nearly $13 Billion, Report Says

Building a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River and fixing the existing one could cost nearly $13 billion — a steep increase over an earlier estimate of $7.7 billion, according to a report released on Thursday.

Transit officials are proceeding with planning for the project, which would improve a critical link between New York and New Jersey. The tunnel proposal is considered one of the most important infrastructure projects in the country, but its fate is unclear under the Trump administration.

The new report, by the Federal Railroad Administration and New Jersey Transit, evaluated the plan’s environmental and economic impacts. The study was a major step before detailed design work and construction could begin, said John D. Porcari, the interim executive director of the Gateway Program Development Corporation, which was created to oversee the project.

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Gov Touts Lottery as Answer to NJ’s Pension Problems, but Critics Deride Plan

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Despite Budget Drama and Deadlock, School Funding Changes Survive

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‘That’s Him’: Christie Goes to the Shore, and the Critics Pounce

The governor and his family were easy to spot on the shimmering Jersey Shore, amid 10 miles of a state beach closed by a budget standoff, even from 1,000 feet above.

Andy Mills, a 6-foot-3-inch photographer for The Star-Ledger, dangled out of a Cessna 152 two-seater and aimed his long lens at what looked like just dots on the sand. Following a hunch that with an empty Sunday morning schedule, Gov. Chris Christie might be indulging in some private holiday weekend sun on a beach he had ordered closed as part of a government shutdown, Mr. Mills fired away.

The hunch paid off.

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With Budget Signing, State is Back in Business — Just in Time for the 4th

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Budget Deadlock Stretches into Day 3, Thousands of State Workers Idled

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Going to a New Jersey State Park or Beach? Not This Holiday Weekend

ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK, N.J. — This spot is usually a choke point for shore traffic, not a U-turn. Yet roughly every 10 minutes on Saturday morning, a new vehicle approached the entrance to the beach here — some packed with beach chairs, beach balls, fishing rods and anticipation — only to be met by two police cars and a barricade.

A single yellow sign stapled to a makeshift but unyielding blockade read: “These facilities are closed until further notice.”

That sunny anticipation quickly turned to frustration.

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New Jersey Government Shuts Down Over Budget Standoff

The New Jersey state government was forced to shut down at midnight on Friday, as the State Legislature remained locked in a standoff with Gov. Chris Christie that left them unable to agree on a budget plan.

The most immediate effect of the shutdown will be on those headed to state-run parks and beaches for the holiday weekend. Mr. Christie’s office indicated that those parks and beaches would be closed, although their municipal counterparts will remain open.

Mr. Christie declared a state of emergency and called for a special session of the Legislature for 11 a.m. Saturday. Essential government services were to continue operating.

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New School Aid Left in Limbo as Pols Take Budget to 11th Hour

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