New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said late on Monday he will sign a budget bill to end a partial government shutdown that became a black eye for him after he was seen lounging on a beach that had been closed to the public over the holiday weekend.
State lawmakers were finalizing the bill and legislators and the governor said they would stay as long as it took on Monday night and into Tuesday morning to craft and sign it. Christie said all state parks and beaches would be open on Tuesday for the Fourth of July holiday and state offices would be open as usual on Wednesday.
He said he was happy a resolution had been reached on the budget impasse, but saddened it came three days late.
New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney told a news conference: "None of this was easy."
"I think this is a good day because everything will be open," Sweeney said.